2021 T20 World Cup: Today is the last day to make any changes in the Indian T20 World Cup squad as per ICC rules and former cricketer Madan Lal has suggested the national selectors to include Yuzvendra Chahal and Harshal Patel in the team. Chahal is in good form in IPL 2021. As he keeps getting better with every game, his absence in the 15-man T20 World Cup squad of the Indian team has now become a hot topic of discussion.
Meanwhile, Harshal Patel has also made some impressive performances, one of which is a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians. He is also the current Purple Cap holder with 30 wickets to his name in 14 matches. His slow deliveries have arguably been the toughest for the batsmen in the IPL this season.
Former Indian cricketer Madan Lal told IANS, “I still don’t understand why Chahal was not picked earlier. He is performing well and is our best spinner. He did well in the first and the current IPL as well. I was a little surprised when I came to know about it. Chahal is being ignored. The other is Harshal Patel. He should also be included in the team.”
He further said, “Who will replace the selectors in the team, it has to be seen. They should balance accordingly, which will help the team in the tournament. But I suggest these two players, Chahal and Patel, should be included. “
However, a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official told IANS on Saturday that there will be no change in the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup as long as there is no injury. The T20 World Cup will start from October 17 in the UAE and Oman.
Ahead of the October 10 deadline, there was speculation that the Indian team might see some changes, as skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma reportedly held a meeting with the national selectors. But, dismissing all the claims, sources said that the team will remain the same. No formal meeting! And there will be no change in the team until the injury occurs. Yes, the physio is keeping a watch on some players and they will share their report with the BCCI. This is not a regular thing, but at the moment there is no change in the team.
Ever since the squad was announced, critics and some former players have expressed concern over the absence of some top players like Shikhar Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal. Especially after his performance during the IPL 2021 UAE leg.