Indian skipper Virat Kohli has asked the players to grab their chances to book a ticket for T20 World Cup next year, also announcing that a player will not be getting enough chances to prove himself. In a chat with BCCI.tv, Kohli said that a player will have to prove himself in the limited chances that shall be provided.
“We are very clear. It is not that anyone will get 30 chances. Even when I came in the team, I didn’t think I will get 15—20 games and I knew I will mostly get chances in three to five games and I have to prove myself. One will get suppose five chances and he will have to prove himself. That is the level we are playing at. As the team management has that mindset, the individual should also have the same,” he told BCCI.tv.
India, who didn’t really have a separate T20I squad until World Cup 2019, have changed their plans since then. The team had a new set of pacers and spinners for the West Indies series, who retained their spots for the South Africa series as well.
As for now, Navdeep Saini and Deepak CHaahar share the new ball with Khaleel Ahmed as the third pacer. Jasprit Bumrah, who is rested for the South Africa T20Is, will make a comeback as the lead pacer whenever there is a need for him in the shortest format. There will be a race between other pacers to keep their places.
In the spin department, Rahul Chahar Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal Pandya are a part of the squad. The selectors have dropped Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav from the T2oI squad and they are expected to be kept out should the present spinners grab the opportunity and keep their places.
While Jadeja and Krunal are expected to get regular chances, Sundar and Chahar will have to prove themselves n limited opportunities.
In the batting department, there are not many changes but with no MS Dhoni in the squad, team India still lacks a finisher. Rishabh Pant, for now, is auditioning for that spot but going ahead, he has his spot confirmed unless someone like Ishan Kishan or Sanju Samson does well ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Meanwhile, team India’s preparation for the T20 World Cup was halted as the series opener between India and South Africa at Dharamshala was washed out due to rain. The rain did stop before the toss but soon returned, that forced the officials to cancel the match two hours prior to the cut-off time.
The second T20I will be played in Mohali on September 18.