Virat Kohli will be captaining the Indian T20 International team for one last time in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 and he would be looking to finish his tenure as leader of limited over side with a world cup trophy but considering the current form of some of the players in IPL 2021 the dream looks farfetched at the moment.
The biggest concern for Men in Blue is Hardik Pandya who hasn’t bowled a single delivery in the second leg of IPL 2021 and based on his current batting form he might not be an ideal choice for an all-rounder spot in the Indian team for the marquee event. However, the last date has been shifted to 15th October now where teams can amend changes in their squad as per new rules by ICC.
Shardul Thakur will be most likely to come in a 15 member squad in place of Pandya as the former player is already in the three reserve players list. Based on reports from different media outlets, Venkatesh Iyer and Avesh Khan have been asked to stay with the Indian team as substitute players.
Fast bowling trio consisting of the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have to quickly regain their form of bowling in death overs which majorly decide the fate of the contest.
Ravi Chandran Ashwin and Rahul Chahar form with the ball in the ongoing IPL 2021 have been pretty average and team management would be hoping that these two quickly regain their form ahead of the main event also voices has been raised from fans to include Yuzvendra Chahal in T20 International squad who is in sublime form with the ball where he is clinching wickets based on the average of 1-2 wickets per game.
India needs to solve their bowling problem as soon as possible and start with winning momentum against England and Australia in warm-up matches to ensure their preparation has been spot on before starting their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24th 2021 in Dubai.