5 Explosive batsmen who can be back-up options for T20 World Cup 2021
Explosive batsmen that can get into the playing XI of India in T20 World Cup 2021.
Updated - Mar 18, 2021 11:44 am
Because of the orchestration of the IPL, Indian cricket is now blessed to have a pool of players who can be genuinely called as today’s T20 specialist. Since 2016 World T20, the T20 team of India has mainly been an extension of their ODI line-up and that’s the reason why there looks to be a similar template being followed even in the shortest format. Although that similar ODI template of scoring runs has been a big success for the team, in today’s day and age with the pace at which the shortest format is evolving, surely there’s a need for a revamp.
Thanks to the set of new selection brains in the new selection committee. These T20 specialists emerging from the IPL have now been readily infused not just for a trail but also look up to prepare for the upcoming World T20. Someone like Ishan Kishan with his blistering fifty in his debut match now looks to be a fitting candidate for rejuvenating this Indian T20 side. All in all, this stack of players have already become some prominent names at least for their franchises and it’s only about a matter of time for them to establish themselves in the Indian team.
With the teams now mainly travelling with a squad of around 20 players because of the pandemic and the bio-bubble strain, there’s a very good chance for a few of them to feature in India’s T20 side for the upcoming World T20. Hence here’s our list of-
Explosive batsmen who can be back-up options for T20 World Cup 2021
1. Suryakumar Yadav
Since IPL 2018, Suryakumar Yadav has become an almost 500-run bank for the Mumbai Indians. The right-hander in the 2020 edition itself scored a total of 480 runs at an average of 40. More importantly, it was his strike rate of 145 which predominantly gave the license to the lower order pros like Pollard and Hardik Pandya to soar MI into some match-winning totals. Because of his flexible batting, the Mumbai batsman can mainly bat anywhere in the top seven.
With his selection now into the Indian team, in his debut match, Yadav was mostly made to capture the number seven position. But in a broader sense, he will arguably be seen competing with Shreyas Iyer for the number four spot or below. To bring out the best from his batting, SKY will be well suited if he gets to bat in the top four as he is someone who has the gameplay to even attack in the middle overs that too without taking much of a risk. Even if placed in the lower middle-order, one can call him a canny player who can be effective with his innovative flicks and his ramp shot. All in all, with the kind of stroke play he possesses, he’s always someone looking to fetch that odd boundary in an over while batting up the order.
Regardless of being someone who’s not a very big hitter of the ball, as mentioned above, he is special because of his shrewd ability to find the gaps he often tends to deal in the boundaries. While batting at number four for MI in 2020, SKY in his 16 IPL games had thrashed a total of 61 fours. Hence, overall with a fitting proposition of getting accommodated anywhere in the batting line-up, one would be highly anticipating him to be on that extensive squad of the World T20.