Indian captain Virat Kohli has said that the T20I squad ahead of the quadrennial event later this year is more-or-less settled but there is still room to fill one or two slots courtesy of exceptional performance like T Natarajan did in the IPL.
India have named quite a few uncapped players in their squad for the upcoming T20I series against England.
In the batting department, the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have earned a much-deserved call-up following brilliant performances in last year’s IPL and in the ongoing domestic season.
The addition of the likes of Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia in the absence of Ravindra Jadeja, as Kohli mentioned, is the continuation of India’s thought-process of picking X-factor players who can contribute with both bat and ball.
In addition to Patel and Tewatia, India already have the likes of Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur in their squad-both of whom can contribute with bat and ball.
“Yes, that’s a possibility. We have played with a certain pattern in the past. We didn’t have a big tournament to work towards. The additions in the squad, we’ve tried to add a few things in specific. Guys who can be X factors with the bat, do things that are need of the hour in T20 cricket,” Virat Kohli said in the virtual press-conference.
Kohli added that they have tried to cover all the bases and with a limited number of games left ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup, he is looking forward to how the newly picked players go about their business in the five-match series against a very powerful English side.
“We’ve tried to cover all the bases, now it’ll be interesting to see how they go in the five games. These are the only games we have as a team before the World Cup. The squad we have now minus Jaddu is the squad that’s most balanced to take the field,” he added.