Zaheer Khan Picks 15-Member Indian Team For 2021 T20I World Cup
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Zaheer Khan Picks 15-Member Indian Team For 2021 T20I World Cup

Zaheer Khan. Image-Sportstar
Zaheer Khan. Image-Sportstar

Zaheer Khan, the former India pacer has picked his 15-member team for the forthcoming 2021 T20 World Cup. Surprisingly, there was no place for Shikhar Dhawan who led India in the recent Sri Lankan tour.

India concluded their tour of Sri Lanka with a 2-1 series defeat in the T20Is, the first for the Men in Blue against the islanders ever. The tour was seen as a platform for several rookies to showcase their talent and audition for a spot in the Indian squad for this year’s T20 World Cup. While there is still some time before the squad is finalized, former India pacer Zaheer Khan has picked his 15-member team for the showpiece event.

Zaheer Khan AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)
Zaheer Khan (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

Zaheer Khan Was Firm With His Choice Of Rohit Sharma And KL Rahul As The First Choice Openers And There Was No Place For Shikhar Dhawan

In the opening department, Zaheer Khan was firm with his choice of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul as the first-choice pairing, with Virat Kohli also a contender depending upon the overall team composition. However, what was surprising is that there was no place for Shikhar Dhawan in Zaheer Khan’s 15-man team.

“I will open with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma. Virat and Surya will follow them. I know Virat has made the statement that he wants to open the innings. But I would still say that Virat only opens in case Hardik is not available to bowl. In that scenario, you can sacrifice one batsman and get an extra bowler”, the former India pacer said on Cricbuzz.

File image of Indian cricketers Shikhar Dhawan [L] and Rohit Sharma | Sportzpics for BCCI
File image of Indian cricketers Shikhar Dhawan [L] and Rohit Sharma | Sportzpics for BCCI
The tour of Sri Lanka has seen Suryakumar Yadav emerge as a certain positive for the Indian team. The 30-year-old earned his maiden international cap quite late but is now becoming indispensable to the team. Even in Zaheer Khan’s team, Suryakumar Yadav is a must.

Zaheer Khan Picks Yuzvendra Chahal As The Lead Leg Spinner In His 15 Member Team For 2021 T20I World Cup

Opining on the spin department, Zaheer Khan said that while Yuzvendra Chahal remains a starter, one of Washington Sundar and Varun Chakravarthy should partner him. Ravindra Jadeja, meanwhile, also remains an automatic selection as a spin-bowling all-rounder.

“I have Chahal as the lead leg spinner and also went in with Rahul Chahar as his backup. In this format, we have seen that leg spinner is such a crucial factor. Chakravarthy/Sundar will be the spinners who would be bowling with the new ball. If you want that mystery element, you can choose Chakravarthy, but otherwise, you can go in with Sundar as well,” said Zaheer.

Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan picked his preferred Indian squad for this year’s T20 World Cup and decided to leave out the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, and Shreyas Iyer. He also added that he will pick Yuzvendra Chahal as the lead spinner over the man-in-form Rahul Chahar.

India’s last T20I assignment before this year’s T20 World Cup came to an end on Thursday after they succumbed to a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka. However, there wasn’t much that India could draw out of the series, especially in the batting department, after they could field only five specialist batters in the last two games.

Zaheer Khan’s 15-member India squad for T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Rahul Chahar, T Natarajan/Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Washington Sundar/Varun Chakravarthy

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