The Indian Premier League has been a fantastic tournament for the young players to showcase their skills in front of the global audience, gaining necessary experience and rubbing shoulders with the top cricketers of the world. Many young players have made their international career out of the Indian Premier League, and many reputed players came back to the team after their fine performances in the tournament.
Such is the significance of the league, and it has been a blessing in disguise for the Indian team, that the T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in the same venue as of IPL 2021, which has opened gates for the young players, who have accustomed well to the conditions.
The leading wicket taker in the IPL 2021, Harshal Patel was terrific in the tournament with his execution of slower balls and yorkers to take the RCB team to playoffs. While, Venkatesh Iyer provided hefty contributions at the top order, which helped the KKR team to proceed into the Qualifier 2. The both players are likely to get a nod by the selectors to be included in the T20 World Cup, as they have been impressive in the UAE, where the ICC event is scheduled to take place in a few days. This is due to Hardik Pandya’s injury, and the reserve players like Shardul Thakur or Deepak Chahar can make the cut for the final squad. The Indian team will have time until October 15 to send their confirmed squad for the T20 World Cup.
“It’s not decided if Hardik will be dropped altogether if he doesn’t get bowling ready. But he is running out of time as an allrounder. If any one of Thakur and Deepak gets in, then there’s a chance of the selectors asking Harshal Patel to stay back in UAE,” the BCCI source added.
“The selectors will wait and watch on how Hardik shapes up in the next few days. The selectors went with just three genuine pacers because it was believed Hardik would be fit enough to bowl his quota of overs. Since he hasn’t bowled at all in the IPL, there’s no form to go by.”
After the Indian team finalizes its squad for the showpiece event, they will play 2 practice matches before their first fixture against Pakistan on October 24 at Dubai.
India will play against Australia on October 18, and against South Africa on October 20, which will be beneficial for the team’s preparation, as they need to regroup and understand well about their combinations.
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