Legendary Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad has stated Ravindra Jadeja‘s miss from the ICC T20 World Cup is deplorable but India’s squad looks really balanced for the marquee tournament. The dynamic all-rounder will miss out owing to an injury.
The pace legend also felt that there is a lot of variation in the current bowling attack but added he would have liked to see experienced pacer Mohammed Shami in the squad, who is presently one of the standby players.
Venkatesh Prasad laments Mohammed Shami’s absence from the main squad
Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel are making their return to the side for the World Cup and for Australia and South Africa home series. On the other hand, Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar have been included in the squad for T20 World Cup as standby players and also feature in squads for the two home series.
“It is a balanced squad, really good one. It has amazing batters and all-rounders. Jadeja has missed out but would have added more value. Bowling looks very good. There are a lot of variations. They have brought Arshdeep Singh as a left-arm seamer, he brings a different angle. There is experienced Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar. I would have loved to see Shami though,” said Prasad in an exclusive interview with ANI.
Players have been selected solely based on their performances in the domestic and international circuit
Prasad also said that selectors have gone with tried and tested players who have performed well in domestic and international cricket and in IPL, and due weightage has been given to performances.
“There is experience, balance. There is T20 international experience, T20 experience as well. The last time we won in T20 World Cup 2007, we had no experience. But compared to that, the present players have a lot of experience under their belt and I am hopeful that they will perform well. There is a high level of skill,” he added.