Yuvraj Singh’s injury left a spot in the India vacant before the semifinal against West Indies. In the last group match against Australia at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali, the Southpaw twisted his ankle and eventually ruled out from the team and World T20. Yuvraj will possibly follow his words he uttered before the World T20 as he may retire from international cricket.
Young right-handed batsman Manish Pandey has replaced Yuvraj Singh in the squad. So, Manish Pandya has a chance to play the semifinal against West Indies today at Wankhede to fill the shoe of Yuvraj Singh. Pandey has won the heart after scoring a match-winning hundred against Australian earlier this year. He also has handy experience of playing IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders.
However, in the last couple of days, Pawan Negi’s name erupted in news. But, as the pitch emerged a batting surface captain Dhoni may play Manish Pandey replacing injured Yuvraj Singh in the middle order.
Negi made his T20I debut against UAE in Asia Cup T20. Negi has impressed with his bowling figure 3 overs-16 runs and one wicket.
Yuvraj Singh’s injury is a major blow for India, it also gives chances to Ajinkya Rahane an opportunity with Shikhar Dhawan is out of form.
India need a hard hitter in the batting department as it is expected that the second semifinal will be a high scoring match. So Pandey will fit the bill in the middle order which needs solidity.
Meanwhile, Pandey has plenty of experience of international cricket and he is a seasoned campaigner in IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders. So he will play for India and will make his World T20 debut.
On the other hand, Dhoni may bring Ajinkya Rahane in the team replacing opener Shikhar Dhawan.
Both Pandey and Rahane had gone through an intense net session on Monday evening. Rahane’s immense experience and Pandey’s good form could also tempt Dhoni to go head wit both of these players.
So, they will be will be included in the playing XI and Negi will have to wait to make his WT20 debut while Dhawan will cost his place due to bad form.