The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has revealed the 15-member squad for the marquee T20 World Cup 2021 tournament on September 8. The squad contains most of the big names, However, there have been few surprises as well. Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy, and Axar Patel have made it to the squad. Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal has been dropped and Rahul Chahar has been picked.
Meanwhile, on the batting side of things, Shikhar Dhawan who has been in great form in the Indian Premier League has been unable to get his name in the T20 World Cup team. Also, Shreyas Iyer who was expected to be part of the main squad was kept as a reserve player. One of the major highlights of the squad announcement was the selection of MS Dhoni as a mentor in the T20 World Cup 2021 which is great news for fans.
In total India has picked 4 batters including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Suryakumar Yadav, 2 wicket-keepers Rishabh Pant, and Ishan Kishan 1 fast-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya. 5 spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, and Rahul Chahar. 3 fast bowlers in the form of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Notably, still, there is a possibility of India making final changes in the T20 World Cup squad before entering the marquee event. As teams are allowed to make changes till October 10th and with the Indian Premier League taking place between September & October, there is the possibility that some players might make a comeback in the team if they have a good outcome in IPL.
3 Swaps Which Are Still Possible In India’s Squad For T20 World Cup 2021
#3. Shikhar Dhawan-Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan comes in as a surprise pick in the T20 World Cup 2021 squad. Many thought that with two wicket keepers ( Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul) already in the team India might not go for another one.
However, when the squad came out it was revealed that Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan will be the two main wicket-keepers of team India. Notably, Kishan has been included in the team as a backup opener.
Ishan Kishan had a terrible run in the first phase of IPL 2021 as he managed to score only 73 runs at an average of 14.60. Meanwhile, things were opposite in the case of Shikhar Dhawan as he once again fired with the bat and when the tournament was suspended he was the leading run-scorer with 380 runs at an average of 54.28.
If both the players continue their same run from the first phase of IPL to the second phase of IPL 2021 then Shikhar Dhawan getting selected in place of Ishan Kishan is a high possibility.