Indian T20 World Cup squad: expected members and surprises

On September, 8, India designated fifteen members of their team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. The announcement was made by BCCI secretary Jay Shah and Selection Committee Chairman Chetan Sharma.

MS Dhoni was chosen to be a squad mentor, which is a new role for him. Jay Shah, the BCCI Honorary Secretary, told he had talked with MS Dhoni about him being a mentor and he approved of this idea, only for the T20 World Cup. He added that he had consulted with the captain Virat Kohli, the vice-captain Rohit Sharma and the head coach Ravi Shastri to reach the final decision about MS Dhoni.

It is quite unexpected that the off-spinner R. Ashwin is coming back to the team. His last match was back in 2017 when he played against West Indies at Sabina Park in T20Is. After that R. Ashwin dealt only with Test cricket. It is astonishing as well that Yuzvendra Chahal, India’s highest wicket-taker, is not in the squad. Shikhar Dhawan met a similar fate, not being included in the team. He was the Indian team’s captain in the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka in July.

The squad includes such members:

Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami.

Standby players:

Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, and Deepak Chahar.

Virar Kohli has proved himself to be a good leader for his team. Being the captain, he has led the Indian team to successful games. In 2020 he was named the best run-scorer.

It will be the first international tournament for Rohit Sharma in the role of vice-captain. He will open the innings.

Surya Kumar Yadav as a middle-order batter is hoped to be the best performer in the Indian team at ICC T20 World Cup in 2021.

Shreyas Iyer has shown himself brilliantly during the previous IPL. He is a second-order batsman.

Prithvi Shaw showed excellent performance at the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament, and we hope he’ll do his best in ICC T20 World Cup 2021 as well.

Rishabh Pant is a perfect choice for the squad too as he produced perfect results in the IPL and the Australia Cup.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021 will remain hosted by BCCI. India’s 2021 ICC T20 World Cup will be hosted on two grounds in UAE and Omen. The squads participating in the World Cup have started preparation. And the fans all over the world are on the edges of their seats to watch the matches.

The BCCI President Saurav Ganguly reported the matches could not be played in Australia because of rains, that’s why they would be held in other locations.

The tournament starts on October 17. The final takes place in Dubai on November 14.

Papua New Guinea, Namibia, the Netherlands, Oman, Scotland, and Bangladesh take part in the first round. India, West Indies, England, South Africa, Pakistan, Australia, and New Zealand compete in the qualifiers.

The first matches of the tournament are between Oman and Papua New Guinea and between Scotland and Bangladesh, both on October 17.

Group 2 first match is due to occur on October 24 between India and Pakistan in Dubai. Pakistan will then compete with New Zealand in Sharjah. This match takes place on October 26. Afghanistan starts its competition on October 25 with the match against The Group B winners from the first round. On November 8 India plays against the second-place holder from Round 1 Group A.

The first semi-final takes place in Abu Dhabi on November 10, the second one is held in Dubai on November 11. The final match occurs in Dubai on Sunday, November 14, and Monday is a reserve day of the final.

Here you can check all the matches:

Oman vs. Papua New Guinea ‒ Round 1;

Bangladesh vs. Scotland ‒ Round 1;

Ireland vs. the Netherlands ‒ Round 1;

Sri Lanka vs. Namibia ‒ Round 1;

Scotland vs. Papua New Guinea ‒ Round 1;

Oman vs. Bangladesh ‒ Round 1;

Namibia vs the Netherlands ‒ Round 1;

Sri Lanka vs. Ireland ‒ Round 1;

Bangladesh vs. Papua New Guinea ‒ Round 1;

Oman vs. Scotland ‒ Round 1;

Namibia vs. Ireland ‒ Round 1;

Sri Lanka vs the Netherlands ‒ Round 1;

Australia vs. South Africa ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

England vs. West Indies ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

A1 vs. B2 ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

India Vs. Pakistan ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

Afghanistan vs. B1 ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

South Africa vs. West Indies ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

Pakistan vs Newzeland ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

England vs. B2 ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

B1 vs. A2 ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

Australia vs. A1 ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

West Indies vs. B2 ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

Afghanistan vs. Pakistan ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

South Africa vs. A1 ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

England vs. Australia ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

Afghanistan vs. A2 ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

India vs. New Zealand ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

England vs. A1 ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

South Africa vs. B2 ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

Pakistan vs. A2 ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

New Zealand vs. B1 ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

India vs. Afghanistan ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

Australia vs. B2 ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

West Indies vs. A1 ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

New Zealand vs. A2 ‒- Round 2 / Group 2;

India vs. B1 ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

Australia vs. West Indies ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

England vs. South Africa ‒ Round 2 / Group 1;

New Zealand vs. Afghanistan ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

Pakistan vs. B1 ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

India vs. A2 ‒ Round 2 / Group 2;

A1 vs. B2 ‒ Semifinal 1;

A2 vs. B1 ‒ Semifinal 2;

Winner of SF-1 vs. Winner of SF-2 ‒ Final.