The B.C.C.I. announced on Wednesday that Ravichandran Ashwin would be part of India’s 15-man roster for the T20 World Cup 2021 in the U.A.E. and Oman, which begins on October 17. It’s been over a year since Ashwin last participated in an international T20 match.
The addition of former India captain M.S. Dhoni to the squad as a mentor was the other significant day’s announcement. In addition to Virat Kohli as captain, Rohit Sharma has been named India’s vice-captain.
Ishan Kishan is the second wicketkeeper in the squad, and Mohammed Shami is the pacemaker.
B.C.C.I. Sec. Jay Shah remarked that Dhoni’s position as a trainer would be restricted to the World T20.
“I chatted with him in Dubai. As a result of our discussions, he agreed to be my mentor for WT20 only. Both the captain and vice captain (Virat Kohli) agreed with me “News agency PTI cited him as stating this.
To qualify for the World Cup, India will play in Super 12 Group 2. Four other teams from Round 1 will join them.
In addition to Afghanistan, New Zealand, and Pakistan, India’s group will also include two more teams from the tournament’s first round.
When Ashwin was recalled for the T20I series, he rushed to Twitter to share his joy. But, according to the cricketer’s quotation, “happiness and thankfulness are the only two words that characterize me now,” he wrote on his wall at home.
Team India’s star-studded lineup for the 2019 I.C.C. World T20 tournament was announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (B.C.C.I.) on Wednesday, shifting attention from the highly-publicized Test series to the shortest format of the gentleman’s game.
No significant shocks were expected from the B.C.C.I. on the day of the World T20 squad release, but the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee did make a few notable additions and subtractions. From Ravichandran Ashwin to Shikhar Dhawan, the B.C.C.I. announced the final team for the Kohli-led side for the T20 World Cup in 2021.
There’s no way to explain Dhawan’s exclusion from the World Cup squad. While Dhawan is regarded as one of the best and most consistent players in white-ball cricket, he will not be at next year’s tournament in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) and Oman, which begins October 17.
I.P.L.’s second-best scorer is Dhawan, who captained Team India in Sri Lanka earlier this year (I.P.L.). After a great season with the Delhi Capitals (D.C.), Dhawan is slated to lead the team in the U.A.E. leg of this year’s competition. Dhawan joins Yuzvendra Chahal on the list of those who were passed over for a nomination.
Ashwin has returned to the fold.
Until Wednesday, Ravichandran Ashwin’s prospects of reaching the World Cup squad were much slimmer than his odds of playing for India in the current Test series with England. But, finally, after numerous match-winning efforts, the once-forgotten spinner has made his way back into the fold.
It was in 2017 that he last played for India in white-ball cricket. However, despite his absence from the game for four years, Ashwin is still India’s third-highest wicket-taker (52) in T20I cricket. Ashwin is the lone right-handed off-spinner in the Indian lineup, and he is a game-changer in any format.