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5 Indian players who might be picked for 2020 T20 World Cup

These are the five new faces that can potentially find themselves on the flight to Australia for the T20 World Cup next year.

Rahul Chahar, Mumbai Indians, IPL
Rahul Chahar. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The seventh edition of the T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in Australia from October 18 to November 15, 2020.  Ever since the advent of the Indian Premier League in 2008, India have found players who’ve went on to prove themselves in Indian colours, serving different roles in the team. The selectors have often tried different players in the shortest format of the game while resting the seniors.

However, now they will look to build a team with some of the core players as the event is only around 16 months away.  There are many factors that should be taken into consideration. If it’s these players and some others that the BCCI would like to believe can be a part of the T20I squad, they should be given enough international exposure to acclimatize themselves with playing at the highest level for their country.

Another contributing factor is that these players have played most of their cricket in Indian conditions, their performances are being judged predominantly through their IPL records. The pitch and other conditions would be much different in Australia and they should play more away from home in the lead up to the tournament.

Here we bring you five Indian cricketers who might get picked for T20 World Cup 2020:

1. Krunal Pandya

Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Ever since making his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians, Krunal Pandya has played an integral role in his team’s overwhelming success in the following campaigns. In 55 IPL matches, he has scored 891 runs at a strike rate of 146.07, often adding impetus to the scoring rate at the back end of the innings that has so many times proved to be the difference between winning and losing.

His exploits with the ball don’t go unnoticed as well. Krunal has picked 40 wickets with a miserly economy of 7.17, never really allowing the batsmen to get away easily with his immaculate line and length. Yes, he gets the stick on odd occasions but his consistency in IPL matches has been right up there. He’s a high utility player, contributing significantly with both bat and ball.

While his younger brother, Hardik Pandya, has already gone on to become an important part of the Indian team, Krunal has established himself as a vital cog in the Mumbai Indians’ setup which is thethe most successful team of the IPL, winning four titles so far. He was also awarded the Man of the Match in the final of the 2017 edition which the franchise won.

Krunal Pandya has only played 11 T20 Internationals and hasn’t been able to come up with something substantial in the limited opportunities that he’s got. Being a T20 specialist, the selectors must keep an eye on his progress and ensure he gets enough exposure so that he could fill in the all-rounder slot for the team that would compete in the World T20, should the need arise.

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