The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021, scheduled to take place in the UAE and Oman. As the speculations over the squad continue, former chairman of selectors MSK Prasad has suggested names of two cricketers who should have made the cut for the global T20 event.
A couple of big names including Shikhar Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal were left out of the squad while veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has not featured in T20I cricket since 2017 made the cut.
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MSK Prasad has shed light on the team selected for the T20 World Cup and said that Shikhar Dhawan should have been in the team due to his stupendous record in the ICC events.
“You can definitely rate them 8-9 out of 10. They’ve tried to cover all bases and they have gone in predominantly with a frame of mind that it will be more of spin-friendly wickets. That’s the reason we have 4-5 spinners in the squad. Selectors will see from every angle. They will definitely not go in one direction,” Prasad told Sports Tak.
MSK Prasad also highlighted Shikhar Dhawan’s brilliant run in the ongoing IPL 2021 where he has scored over 400 runs, leading Delhi Capitals’ batting from the front.
“Personally, I felt that maybe since this is a major event, someone like Shikhar Dhawan could have really been brought. Considering the fact that he has always done well in ICC tournaments. And he got back-to-back centuries in the IPL so he is in perfect form. I think he could have been more useful for the side,” he added.
“Krunal Pandya should have been picked too” – MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad also believes all-rounder Krunal Pandya should have been in the team for India in the T20 World Cup.
“Similarly, Krunal Pandya too. We had groomed him for the last 3-4 years in the T20 format. He’s been doing well for the Mumbai Indians so these are the two names. I felt that these are the two guys who could have fitted in,” Prasad added.