Before facing Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup, India will play two warm-up games against England and Australia. Virat Kohli and his team will begin their campaign against their arch-rivals, but they will first face two strong opponents, both of whom will be shown live on Star Sports. “Yes, India will play warm-up games against England and Australia, which will be broadcast on Star,” a source informed ANI.
The BCCI had previously selected India’s World Cup team, which consisted of 15 men. A number of cricketers, including Shikhar Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal, were unexpectedly omitted from the team. While the batting order is unsurprising, Shikhar Dhawan is the major name to miss, and his absence was on expected lines. Ishan Kishan replaces Sanju Samson as Rishabh Pant’s back-up wicketkeeper in the 15-man squad, while Shreyas Iyer is selected among the standbys. Shardul Thakur, who was expected to be picked to the team, is also on the standbys list.
Ashwin, who last played a T20I in 2017, makes a surprising comeback to the shortest format, as five spinners make up the 15-man team. Yuzvndra Chahal, who played well in the T20I series in Sri Lanka, was a surprising omission. After strong performances against England and Sri Lanka, leg-spinner Rahul Chahar has earned a berth in the team.
The Indian Cricket Team for the forthcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 was announced on Wednesday by the All-India Senior Selection Committee, with Shikhar Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal being notable omissions from the 15-member team. R Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy, and Rahul Chahar are designated starters, with Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, and Deepak Chahar selected as standbys.