The BCCI on Wednesday announced a 15-member Indian squad for the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held next month in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Former Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni will also be traveling with the Indian team as a mentor which is an excellent sign for the whole team as he could add a lot of value to the side.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has returned to the T20 team after 4 years while young faces like Ishaan Kishan, Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakrborthy have also got a place in the squad.
There are some players who were expected to be selected for T20 World Cup but they did not get the chance in the squad. Shikhar Dhawan is one among those who have not been picked for the T20 World Cup.
The selectors have dropped Shikhar Dhawan. His exclusion in Dubai’s slow pitches that are good for slow strike rate batsmen has raised some eyebrows.
Shikhar Dhawan was one of the star players in the last two IPL and has certainly upgraded his game to the best. The left-hander was the second-highest run-scorer in the IPL 2020 in UAE and notched up two consecutive centuries as well.
Also, Dhawan is the highest run-scorer in IPL 2021 with 380 runs in 8 matches at an average of 54.28. His consistent performance in the last IPL make him a suitable candidate for the opening slot for India in T20 World Cup.
Dhawan knows very well the UAE conditions and has also improved his strike rate vastly in the last two IPL seasons. He had been consistent too, averaging 54 and 44 in the last two editions. However, those efforts were not enough to dismantle Rahul or Rohit, or stave off the challenge from Kishan.
The T20 World Cup will take place in UAE and Oman in a total of 4 venues — Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
The tournament is scheduled to begin on October 17 and India will kick off their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on October 24.
After being with each other for over eight years, Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan and his wife Aesha Mukerji have parted ways on Tuesday.
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