Team India chief selector Chetan Sharma on Wednesday (September 8) revealed good performances within the Indian Premier League (IPL) went in favour of skilled off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as he was picked within the group for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in UAE.
The All-India Senior Selection Committee met on Wednesday to choose the squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be hosted by the BCCI from October 17 to November 14 within the UAE and Oman.
In a shock transfer, R Ashwin has been included in the team which is able to start its marketing campaign within the showpiece occasion in opposition to arch-rivals Pakistan. He had final performed a T20I in opposition to West Indies in July 2017. Yuzvendra Chahal misses out as MS Dhoni would be the mentor of the group.
TEAM – Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami.#TeamIndia
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 8, 2021
“Ravichandran Ashwin has been playing in the IPL regularly. He has performed well there. When you go into the World Cup, you need an off-spinner, everyone has an idea that the wickets in the UAE will get slower as IPL will also be played there. Spinners will get assistance so having an off-spinner holds the key. Washington Sundar is injured and Ashwin is an asset for the team. He has performed well in the IPL so that is why he has found a place for himself in the squad.”
When requested how a lot position IPL performed in deciding on the group, Chetan stated: “IPL is a big tournament where the best players around the world play. So you come to know about the performance of a player. The standbys have been picked keeping in mind that the players can get injured.”
“When it comes to Shreyas Iyer, when a player stays away from the game for a long period, the selectors have their reservations, that is why he has been named in the standby list. He will get chances in the IPL, his fitness can be looked at and that is why we have named him in the standby list.”
When requested concerning the opening choices within the squad: “We have three openers. KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan. We back Ishan as an opener and in the middle-order as well. He can be fitted anywhere. Ishan Kishan is a flexible player, he has already opened. He is a good player of spin as well so he can be fitted in the middle-order. We have three openers for now.”
“Virat has brilliant records in the middle-order while batting in the T20s. The situation will determine who opens but as of now, we have picked three openers — KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Ishan Kishan.”
India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar, Varun, Mohammed Shami, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishan Kishan.
Stand-byes: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur.