T20 World Cup: Ravi Bishnoi has got age on his side; should now perform to become undroppable, says Sunil Gavaskar

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T20 World Cup: Ravi Bishnoi has got age on his side; should now perform to become undroppable, says Sunil Gavaskar
T20 World Cup: Ravi Bishnoi has got age on his side; should now perform to become undroppable, says Sunil Gavaskar

T20 World Cup: Ravi Bishnoi has got age on his side; should now perform to become undroppable, says Sunil Gavaskar

T20 World Cup: One of the finds for India in T20Is this year has been the young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who has a sharp googly and an aggressive mentality. Bishnoi has taken 16 wickets in 10 T20Is since making his debut against the West Indies in Kolkata this year, winning “Player of the Match” for his efforts. His average per wicket is 17.12, and his economy rate is 7.08.

Bishnoi was widely anticipated to play for India in the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia next month. It was not to be, however, as Bishnoi was selected as one of the four reserves for the major tournament in October and November.

Legendary India batter Sunil Gavaskar believes Bishnoi should not be discouraged by his exclusion from the World Cup roster of 15, as time is on his side.

He urged the leg-spinner from Jodhpur to perform in upcoming games in a way that makes him “undroppable.”

“Well, he has got age on his side. There is another T20 World Cup in a couple of year’s time (2024, in West Indies and USA). There are so many T20 World Cups that he can play in the future. He should now perform in such a way that he becomes undroppable. So that’s the only way to look at it. He is a young man, it’s a good experience for him to know he can’t get into every team,” said Gavaskar to India Today after India’s squad announcement.

T20 World Cup: Ravi Bishnoi should now perform to become undroppable, says Sunil Gavaskar
T20 World Cup: Ravi Bishnoi should now perform to become undroppable, says Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar has backed pace all-rounder Hardik Pandya to be the team’s trump card and emulate what former all-rounder and head coach Ravi Shastri did for the side in winning the 1985 Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket in Australia. Pandya has performed well with both the bat and the ball in India’s recent T20I victories.

“Yes, I think he could possibly do what Ravi Shastri did in 1985 where Ravi was the outstanding performer with both bat and ball in the entire tournament. Some good catches as well. Hardik Pandya is capable of doing that. Don’t forget, at mid-off, he affects some electrifying run-outs as well.”

“Direct hits at the bowler’s end, catching the batter inches short. It’s not just the bowling and the batting aspects of Hardik Pandya. The fielding aspect that could turn the game India’s way. I won’t surprised if he is like the Ravi Shastri of 1985. If he is like the Champion of Champions.”

With the addition of right-arm pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, Gavaskar concluded by noting that India appeared to be a nice unit and encouraging supporters to support the 15-man group for the competition.

“This looks like a very good team. With Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel coming in, it looks like India will be able to defend their totals. India have had problems in trying to defend totals. These two stalwarts coming in will certainly give the edge to India when defending totals.”

“Deepak Chahar is one name that stands out, but they have also retained Arshdeep Singh, who gives a left-arm option in the attack. Like I said, it’s a good selection. We can always crib about this thing and that thing. But now the selection done, this is India’s team. So let’s not ask why not this, why not that? We should back this team 100 percent. Now that the selection done, it’s our team, back them 100 percent.”