India’s T20 World Cup team likely to be picked on September 16, selectors fret over Jasprit Bumrah’s fitness
The Indian team management may put the poor show in the Asia Cup to its eagerness to experiment with the combination, but they don’t have much time to make up their mind to pick a team for the T20 World Cup.
According to TOI, the BCCI, the governing body of cricket in India, plans to choose its squad on September 16. The condition of top pacer Jasprit Bumrah is a concern for the selectors and team management as the deadline draws near.
Due to a back issue, Bumrah has been out since the England tour in July. Additionally rehabilitating from a rib injury is Harshal Patel.
“Bumrah has not declared fit yet. He is going to be at the NCA this week before the selection. The World Cup is still over a month away. Therefore, his selection will happen considering that,” a BCCI source told TOI.
India head coach Rahul Dravid has stated that when both pacers become available, they will automatically join the team. It will be intriguing to watch how the team administration handles the two pacers moving forward, though. Most of the players chosen for the World Cup will likely participate in the two T20I series against South Africa and Australia that will played at home over the course of the ensuing month.
The team’s administration has taken great care to keep its players for the big game. According to report, the goal would be to obtain match fitness for Bumrah. It would be interesting to see how many matches he plays during the upcoming month. In addition to not pushing Bumrah in the lead-up, the squad wants him to bowl at full strength during the World Cup.
In the Asia Cup, India’s speed attack lacked bite. After the first game against Pakistan, India has had a hard time finding attacking pacers. Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin were the only spinners Rohit Sharma could rely on to seek for wickets.
Deepak Chahar coming in for the last match against Afghanistan signals he is in the mix to be on the plane to Australia. His growth has observed by the team management throughout the competition. His aptitude at batting down the order is also advantageous.
In February itself, the team management chose a group of pacers for the T20 format. For the format, Mohammed Shami disregarded. With so little time remaining until the World Cup, it will be intriguing to see if the selectors opt to rely on him.