India and Pakistan will compete in T20 World Cup
Former chief selector MSK Prasad has removed the deficiency in the Indian team selected for the T20 World Cup. MSK Prasad believes that India has included one less fast bowler in its team for the T20 World Cup to be held this month. He is also a little worried about all-rounder Hardik Pandya not bowling in the current Indian Premier League. The T20 World Cup will start from October 17 in the UAE and Oman, in which India are the main contenders for the title.
Prasad told PTI in a conversation with PTI, “It is a fine team but I think there is one fast bowler in the team, because we will play most of the matches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, so maybe another fast bowler would have been good. If we played more matches in Sharjah which was fine, but there should have been a faster bowler and it’s more important than Hardik not bowling, I think it’s a bit of a concern.
Conditions better for fast bowlers
Virat Kohli-led Indian team will start their campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24. The pitches in Sharjah help the spinners while the pitches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi help the fast bowlers as seen in the IPL as well. Hardik, a key member of the Indian team, is not bowling for five-time champions Mumbai Indians in the ongoing IPL in the UAE. The franchise has been told that in view of his importance in the Indian team, he will not rush Hardik.
When Prasad was asked his stand on this situation, he said, “Look, Hardik has been selected as an all-rounder, not a batsman, he is seen as an all-rounder who gives balance to the team.” He said, “It is a bit surprising or I don’t know if he has been instructed not to bowl or he is being saved to bowl only in the World Cup.”
Reason for not including Chahal in the team
Prasad said, “We don’t know about the actual situation but in ideal conditions Hardik is picked as an all-rounder, I would have liked to see him bowling.” Prasad said after the World Cup. Supported Kohli’s decision to step down as the captain of the T20 team.
Prasad said that he is under pressure to bowl across formats which is clearly reflected in his individual performance. So I think it is the right decision. He said that if the batting is being affected by T20 captaincy then it is the right decision. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has not been included in India’s T20 squad for the World Cup and Prasad said the Chetan Sharma-led selection panel probably took the decision considering his recent ups and downs in form.
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