Tomorrow will be a big day for Indian cricket as the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) selectors will announce 15-man squad for ICC World Cup Twenty20.
While there aren’t many changes expected in the T20I squad that won a historic 3-0 series against Australia recently, Sandeep Patil & Co could pull off some surprises for the event.
Here is what we think selectors might opt for:
Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah
Others in fray: Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh
Hardik Pandya might be new to international cricket, but considering the way he performed in the last IPL season and also considering he is a handy batsman lower down the order who can also bowl medium pace, selectors might stick with him.
Bumrah too is another name which doesn’t have enough experience under his belt, but ever since he replaced injured Mohammed Shami during the Australia tour, he kept impressing everybody and his unorthodox action makes him a difficult nut to crack for the best of batsmen.
Since Umesh Yadav has been dropped for the three-match T20I series vs Sri Lanka, the selectors have possibly given up on the pacer considering his lack of control over line and length.
Pandya and Bumrah are two names who haven’t left many options before the selectors, who will have to let go of some of the big names like Irfan Pathan, Robin Uthappa and Yusuf Pathan, who are all T20 specialists and could have easily been a part of India’s plans to win their second World T20 title.