Former Indian cricket team’s national selectors MSK Prasad thinks that opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is missing from the Indian squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
On Wednesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a 15-member squad with an addition of three reserved players of the Indian team that will participate in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in the October-November window.
Shikhar Dhawan ignored for India’s ICC T20 World Cup 2021
The news of Dhawan missing from the T20 World Cup squad comes as not only shocking but somehow frustrating as the veteran opener was appointed as skipper to lead the second-string side in the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in July.
I felt Shikhar Dhawan also could have been squeezed in as he has been doing well in bigger tournaments: MSK Prasad
Dhawan was part of the 2016 T20 World Cup squad and is also currently the leading scorer of IPL 2021 with 380 runs from eight matches at the strike rate of 134.27.
The left-handed batsman also consistently featured in T20I matches for India in the last two years before he was dropped in the five-match T20I series against England after failing to score in the first match.
MSK Prasad said he expected Dhawan to feature in the squad given the form he had during IPL.
“It’s a well-balanced squad but maybe Shikhar is the one guy who might be missing out,” MSK Prasad told IANS.
“Given the form he was in recently, I think he had an opportunity. Nevertheless, it is still a good side given Ishan Kishan (will) be utilised as a floater and deserves his place but somewhere I felt Shikhar also could have been squeezed in as he has been doing well in bigger tournaments.”
India, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, will start their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24 at the Dubai International Stadium.