Apart from the home and away series in the year 2020, the Indian cricket team has also kept an eye on the ICC T20 World Cup 2020, due to be held in Australia from October.
While India did beat New Zealand 5-0 in the T20I series away from home, there’s a feeling within the cricketing fraternity that the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season will have a big impact on who makes the cut for T20 World Cup squad.
Having said that, there are some players who could be included in the squad for the T20 World Cup, despite not being in the Indian team right now.
Today, we will be talking about five unexpected players who could be selected for India’s squad at the T20 World Cup:
5) Shreyas Gopal
Rajasthan Royals‘ all-rounder Shreyas Gopal can be an inspiration for young players to follow. He has come a long way since making his debut in the IPL in 2014. Playing in the Ranji Trophy, Gopal has groomed himself to become a better player with both the bat and ball.
In his short IPL career, the 26-year-old has played 31 matches wherein he has scored just 127 runs.
However, Gopal has been very effective with the ball, picking up 38 wickets at an economy of 7.5. Having earlier plied his trade for Mumbai Indians (MI), he could be the wildcard for team India at the T20 World Cup.
The kind of talent he has, Gopal could be included in India’s squad as an all-rounder in the place of Hardik Pandya or Ravindra Jadeja.