New Delhi. The 15-member Indian cricket team has been selected for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The T20 World Cup will be played in Oman and UAE from October 17. For this tournament, India has gone with a team of five spinners. Apart from this, he has also included some X-factor players like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishaan Kishan and Varun Chakraborty in the team. The performance of these players in the domestic circuit as well as the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the reason for the inclusion of this trio in the team. The T20 World Cup is to be held in the UAE and the second phase of IPL 14 is also being played here. In such a situation, the preparation of the players will be stronger.
The players selected for the ICC T20 World Cup are playing the second phase of the IPL. In such a situation, players are getting ready for the T20 World Cup by playing more matches, but the flip side of this is that some of the selected players have shown IPL indifferent form, which is a cause for concern. BCCI has time to make changes in the T20 World Cup squad till October 10. However, the selectors are still backing the originally selected team and believe that out-of-form players will soon return to form. At present, these five reasons, before the World Cup, remain a cause of concern for the Indian team.
1. Hardik Pandya not bowling: The biggest and probably one of the most important aspects is Hadik Pandya’s not bowling. While announcing the squad, the BCCI selectors had made it clear that this all-rounder is fit to bowl during the T20 World Cup. Hardik was also seen bowling against Sri Lanka. In such a situation, the fans hoped that they would see Hardik as an all-rounder once again. But in contrast, Hardik has not bowled a single over in the second leg of IPL being played in UAE. Mumbai’s head coach Mahela Jayawardene had said that the management did not want to push him as it could affect his batting. This statement of the coach of Mumbai Indians can worry the Indian management. In many of his interviews, Kohli has said how Pandya is important to maintain team balance. If he plays as a batsman, India will again have to resort to seven batsmen.
2. Inclusion of Rahul Chahar: Leg spinner Rahul Chahar was included in the team due to his ability to bowl fast leg spin, preferring Yuzvendra Chahal. Chahar earned a lot of name for his state team Rajasthan as well as Mumbai Indians in IPL. He also had a scintillating white-ball series against Sri Lanka, as he took three wickets in his first ODI and four in two T20Is. Chahar’s impressive performance in the IPL for Mumbai Indians was also one of the reasons for the selectors to include him in the T20 World Cup squad. He took 11 wickets in 11 matches in the India leg of the IPL, but has been largely ineffective in the UAE leg so far, taking only two wickets in four matches. Apart from Chahar, India have four more spinners in the T20 World Cup squad, but the leg-spinner’s recent form is a matter of concern for the management.
3. Suryakumar Yadav being out of form: Mumbai Indians star batsman Suryakumar Yadav’s performance in IPL 2020 was excellent. Suryakumar Yadav, who scored 512 runs in IPL 2018, 424 in IPL 2019 and 480 in IPL 2020, is out of form in the UAE leg. In IPL 2021, he has scored only 222 runs in 12 matches at an average of 18.50. Playing for India, he has left his impact in a very short time in ODIs and T20s, but his poor form in the IPL remains a major cause of concern at the moment.
4. Ishan Kishan out of Mumbai Indians Playing XI: Ishan Kishan has been dropped from the playing XI of Mumbai Indians due to poor performance. However, the team management is still with Suryakumar Yadav. Power hitters play the pair of Suryakumar and Ishan Kishan with impunity like big players like Kieran Pollard and Hardik Pandya. But this year the story has been quite different, as both the players have performed poorly, due to which Mumbai Indians have to struggle in the middle overs. The Indian management would be worried, as they picked both the players on the basis of their fearless approach and X-factor ability.
5. Recent Form of Bhuvneshwar Kumar: During the limited overs series against England, there was an immediate change in the Indian team. In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar led the attack well and took four wickets in five T20Is. He later continued that form during the Sri Lanka series by taking five wickets in three T20 Internationals. He has always been effective in maintaining a tight grip on not only the wicket but also the opponents. Bhuvi is currently playing in the UAE leg of the IPL and surprisingly does not seem to be in effect. For Sunrisers Hyderabad, he has taken just two wickets in four matches in the UAE. He has hardly been seen doing brilliantly in the powerplay and death overs. The upcoming T20 World Cup is going to start soon. In such a situation, the Indian management will be hoping that Bhuvi returns to form soon.