With the T20 World Cup just days away, it’s the final phase of preparation for all teams. For India it is not yet clear what the ideal playing XI should look like. The team is full of big names and some great players. However, with Ravindra Jadeja absent from the squad through injury, the team is lacking in left-handed players. Wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant is one of the options, but his form in T20s hasn’t been great lately. However, 2011 World Cup winning team member Suresh Raina believes a place needs to be made for him.
“Bowlers are going to have a lot of advantage. They know what batsmen are capable. We need a middle order left-hander then you can really change the swing because when you see KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh, Surya, I don’t think Rishabh ka jagah ban raha hai (Rishabh Pant will be an automatic choice) but we need to get him for the middle overs somehow,” said Raina.
“On the larger floor you have to beat on purpose where you can dominate. Australia has a impact performance until No. 10. England also knows how to play white ball cricket. Rohit, Surya have great intention. I think Virat will do the key because he knows how to get ready. He hit really well. I hope that if he strikes 20 overs long, we will win all games. “
India will begin its campaign against Pakistan on October 23 in Melbourne.
Squad India for ICC T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami.
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