Former Indian bowler Ajit Agarkar believes the 15-man Indian squad with reserves selected for the upcoming T20 World Cup shouldn’t be changed unless there is a major injury to a team member. The out-of-form players should be backed despite poor performances, as per Agarkar.
Several players have lost their touch ahead of the big ICC event. This includes four Mumbai Indians (MI) players – Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, and Hardik Pandya. Even Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, has had a tough time in the second leg of IPL 2021.
Meanwhile, the ones who couldn’t find a spot in the squad, like Yuzvendra Chahal and Shikhar Dhawan, have been at the top of their game. While plenty of people called for changes to be made ahead of the October 10 deadline, Agarkar suggested the squad should remain the same.
“In my opinion, once you have picked the squad for World Cup barring injury I don’t think you should make any changes. Yes, there are guys at the moment who are not in their great form, but it only takes one innings whether it’s bowling or batting – to change that form around, and that could still happen before the end of the IPL,” he mentioned.
You have to show faith in people when things are not looking good – Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar felt the players need to be given a longer rope, especially in the time leading up to a World Cup. He believes the dry patch that Suryakumar and Ishan are going through will be fixed in a matter of a couple of innings.
“If you think that’s the best 15 you’ve picked going to the World Cup, my personal opinion, I would stick with it, because you gotta show faith in people even when things are not looking so good, because things can turn around very quickly,” Agarkar added.
Virat Kohli will lead the side in the T20 World Cup for the first and last time. Their campaign begins on October 24 with a match against arch-rivals Pakistan.