BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed India head coach Rahul Dravid and the team management will be finalizing a squad for the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia. With regulars Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravindra Jadeja either resting or nursing an injury, there have been a lot of experiments with the Indian T20 side.
Rishabh Pant is leading India in the ongoing five-match T20I series against South Africa while Hardik Pandya has been named as the captain for the two-match series in Ireland slated later this month. But with the T20 World Cup barely a few months away, Ganguly said The World Cup probables will play from the England series.
Elaborating the same during a recent chat with the Times of India, Sourav Ganguly said, “Rahul Dravid (Team India head coach) is looking into it. He has been planning to play a settled set of players at some stage. Probably from the England tour next month, we will start playing with players who are likely to play in the T20 World Cup in October.”
India’s young guns have done a stellar job in the South Africa series so far. The likes of Ishan Kishan, Dinesh Karthik, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Avesh Khan have produced a strong case for a spot in India’s T20 World Cup squad. Captain Rishabh Pant and batter Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, have failed to score consistent runs for Team India.
The Ireland bilateral series is scheduled to be commencing on June 26 will see the return of Sanju Samson, and Suryakumar Yadav in the mix. Young top-order batter Rahul Tripathi has earned his maiden call-up but it is unlikely that he will get a game. In England, India will be playing three T20Is, which is likely to see the return of captain Rohit, Kohli, and Jadeja.
As far as the bowling department is concerned Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are certain among pacers. The fight will be between Deepak Chahar (if he regains fitness), Harshal Patel, and Avesh Khan for the remaining slots. Yuzvendra Chahal is certain to lead India’s spin attack. It’ll be interesting to who among Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, and Ravi Bishnoi is selected as a backup option.