Team India’s chief selector, Chetan Sharma, has shed light on why veteran Indian opener, Shikhar Dhawan was dropped from India’s squad for T20 World Cup 2021. A piece of massive news broke in the form of Shikhar Dhawan’s exclusion when the Indian squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 was announced by the BCCI.
The BCCI went ahead with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will open the innings for the Men in Blue. However, when England toured India earlier this year, skipper Virat Kohli stated that he might open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Now, it is clear that Rohit and Rahul will begin the proceedings for the India National Cricket Team in the ICC T20 World Cup.
Chetan Sharma Reveals Why Shikhar Dhawan Was Dropped From India’s Squad For T20 World Cup
Apart from Shikhar Dhawan, the other surprising exclusions were that of Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, and of Kuldeep Yadav. Some surprising inclusions were also made in the Indian squad which includes the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Ishan Kishan.
Chief Indian selector, Chetan Sharma has shed light on Shikhar Dhawan’s exclusion from the Indian squad. “Shikhar is a very important player for us. Can’t disclose the discussion. He is in the loop. We thought the need of the hour was to look at others and rest him,” Chetan Sharma said.
Team India To Take On Pakistan In The Opening Encounter
The Indian Cricket Team has been placed alongside arch-rivals Pakistan in the second group of the Super12. The two sides have not played bilateral cricket since 2012 due to political tensions between the two nations. Their encounter in the World Cup this year will take place on October 24 in Dubai, which will be the maiden game of both teams in the World Cup this year.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Monday, announced their 15-member squad for the T20I series against New Zealand and England and the T20 World Cup 2021. Senior players including Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed, and Fakhar Zaman have been left out of the squad. The Men in Blue will also take on New Zealand and Afghanistan in the Super12 stage and with the 2nd qualifier of Group A and 1st qualifier of Group B.