T20 World cup mega event is just less than three months away from now, for India’s concerned it will be tough to select the playing XI as well as the squad for the T20 World cup as they are having lots of options as well as their form.
In the recent T20I series against Sri Lanka, most of the youngsters couldn’t grab the opportunity to get selected for T20 WC. still, IPL is there for many players to prove them to get into the T20 WC squad.
Zaheer Khan 2011 world cup winner came up with his ideas for T20 WC, while talking to Cricbuzz he mentioned that his Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
The left-arm pacer answering to that question for what is Zaheer khan’s world cup squad, he started with “I am just assuming that only 15 players are going to be allowed, which was the case of the previous ICC tournaments”.
He quoted that in the top order there is a lot of traffic so tough calls should be made, and he states that KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma to open the innings for India in the T20 world cup, then Virat Kohli and Surya Kumar Yadav to follow.
Virat Kohli as an opener
He remembers that Virat Kohli previously made a statement that he will open the innings for India, but Zaheer Khan put a condition that Virat should open in case Hardik Pandya is not available to bowl.
“Virat has made that statement of him wanting to open, but I would still say Virat opens only in case Hardik is not available to bowl, you can actually sacrifice one batsman in that scenario to get an extra bowler in that place”.
He believes that Surya Kumar Yadav got the flexibility that he can at any place in the batting order.
For the Wicket keeper slot, he went with Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan as his backup.
As far as concerned in spinner’s slot, he told that leg spinner is such a crucial factor in this format so, he straight away went with Yuzvendra Chahal, and he named Rahul Chahar as his backup, for another spinner considering that the ability to bowl with the new ball, he went with Varun Chakravarthy or Washington Sundar, he insisted that if you need Mystery element can go with Varun Chakravarthy or can go with Sundar.
Coming to the fast bowler position he named Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, he believed that Shami is the only bowler in the current squad can produce pace like Bumrah, he went with left-arm bowler Natarajan who rose to fame in recent times, he gave the justification that Nattu is an effective bowler in the death overs with the added advantage of left-arm bowler. If Natarajan is not fit he believed that Buvneshwar Kumar is the backup for him.
Zaheer Khan’s Indian Squad for T20I World cup:
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Natarajan/Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakravarthy/Sundar, Rahul Chahar.