Former India cricketer Saba Karim has named his 15-member Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup. However, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prithvi Shaw and Mohammed Shami were some of the players who failed to get a place in his squad as well.
The T20 World Cup will take place in the UAE from 17th October to 14th November later this year. And, selectors will have a tough time while choosing the squad, considering the pool of talents they have in their kitty. During a discussion on India News, Saba Karim has shared his views over this as well.
He said: “The team that was chosen by the selectors for the series against England, there were around 17 players there, I have started choosing my team from there. The players who performed well there and have not got an opportunity on the Sri Lanka tour because they were in England, you don’t have any excuse to keep them out.”
He continued: “There should be consistency in selection. Because of that, I have kept Washington Sundar in my team. I feel that with the matches happening in the UAE, you will need an off-spinner there and he is kind of an all-rounder.”
Meanwhile, Washington Sundar is currently injured and might not be there for the rest of the IPL 2021 also. The selectors will certainly want to have him fully fit before the mega event – T20 World Cup. Saba Karim, however, named Rahul Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his chosen Indian squad.
He explained: “Along with him, I have kept Rahul Chahar because I feel he is an attacking bowler, a wicket-taking bowler, a match-winner. And I am still keeping Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the team because I feel his form is coming back and he will be very essential for the Indian team.”
“I have kept Shreyas Iyer because he was also in the team which had played against England and his performance was quite good there. He couldn’t play the IPL this year but his performance in the IPL was quite good last year. So, there has to be a basis to keep him out of the team,” Saba Karim concluded.
Saba Karim’s preferred Indian squad for the T20 World Cup:
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar