India won the inaugural edition of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in 2007. After that historic win in South Africa, India will enter the T20 World Cup in Australia as a strong contender. Rohit Sharma will lead the team in the mega tournament and will try to end the 15-year drought by winning the T20 World Cup this time.
The BCCI announced the Indian squad for the next T20 World Cup and the exclusion of some players, especially Mohammed Shami, created a massive controversy.
India Need A Bit Of Luck To Win The Trophy – Sunil Gavaskar
Credits: TwitterFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar expressed hope that if Rohit and Co get a little bit of luck this time, they can win the second T20 title for India.
“I believe that this team, with a bit of luck that every team needs, can bring home the trophy,” Gavaskar told The Indian Express.
Jasprit Bumrah has recovered from his back injury. However, on Australia’s bouncy pitches, Indian bowlers do not have remarkable pace, barring Jasprit Bumrah. Shami is a quality and experienced bowler. It was surprising that he was not included in the team. Shami is the standby player for Team India in the T20 World Cup. However, Gavaskar refused to get involved in the selection controversy.
“Once the team is selected, then it’s our India team and we all have to back it. We shouldn’t question selections and omissions as it can demoralise some of the players,” the former Indian opener added.
I would have picked Mohammed Shami – Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar, a former India captain and chairman of selectors, has also called for Shami to be included in the squad, along with Shubman Gill and Umran Akmal.
“I would have picked Mohammed Shami, Umran Malik and Shubman Gill for the T20 World Cup. Would have given them a long run in T20Is because they all had a brilliant IPL season,” Vengsarkar said.
After the T20 World Cup ended last year, Shami did not play for India in T20i match. His T20I numbers for India weren’t great either, hence he was not preferred and clearly not in the scheme of things.
Shami will play his first T20I match in almost 10 months against Australia next week and a strong performance against them and South Africa could give life to his drowning T20I career.