Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Shardul Thakur replaces Axar Patel in India's T20 WC squad. Shardul Thakur has played 22 T20Is so far.
Shardul Thakur has played 22 T20Is so far.
Shardul Thakur has replaced Axar Patel in the 15-man main squad for the forthcoming T20 WC. The left-arm spinner takes Thakur's place in the list of standby players, that also includes Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Chahar.
The decision to execute the swap was not injury enforced but after a discussion between the All India Selection Committee and the team management. A likely explanation for Thakur's inclusion in the squad is the uncertainty around Hardik Pandya, who hasn't yet resumed bowling.
Thakur, who played the last of his 22 T20Is in the series against England in Ahmedabad early this year, has slowly emerged as an all-round option for India across formats. His batting credentials received a significant fillip at The Oval Test last month when his twin fifties helped setup India's final-day win.
Thakur has also been a central figure in Chennai Super Kings' run to the IPL 2021 final, taking 18 wickets (highest for the franchise) from 15 games at an economy of 8.75. Batting opportunities though haven't been forthcoming in the CSK side.
Meanwhile, even with Axar's relegation to the stand-by list, India have four spinners in their squad namely Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Rahul Chahar and Varun CV.
Updated 15-member Squad:Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami
BCCI also announced a list of eight cricketers – Avesh Khan, Umran Malik, Harshal Patel, Lukman Meriwala, Venkatesh Iyer, Karn Sharma, Shahbaz Ahmed and K. Gowtham – who will join the India bubble in Dubai and assist the team in their preparations.