5 Players for whom IPL 2021 is important to seal a place in national team for T20 World Cup 2021
A decent campaign in the IPL might impress their respective national selectors as well going forward.
Updated - Apr 10, 2021 11:27 am
With the 2021 World T20 happening in India, the 14th edition of the IPL then becomes the fitting place to extensively prepare for the mega event in October. The elites of the game will be wholeheartedly composing themselves to continue with their brimming match-winning skills.
On the other hand, some stalwarts from different countries who continue to struggle to make it into their national team’s T20I squad would be eyeing a bumper IPL season to seal the deal for the ICC event later this year.
A bumper IPL will then propel the addition of these players into the exuberant squads of their national teams eventually making the squads well furnished and equipped for the international T20 carnival. All in all, one can say that the 2021 IPL might witness some of the best cricket adventures happening in recent times.
Here’s our list of 5 players for whom the IPL 2021 is crucial for the 2021 T20 World Cup:
1. Shikhar Dhawan
With the Indian team now embracing the exuberant youth of KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan along with skipper Virat Kohli pairing with Rohit Sharma, the chances of Shikhar Dhawan donning the 2021 World T20 jersey have become bleak. Although Dhawan has been in a sublime form at present, because of the overcrowding, the left-hander might miss the bus in October.
However, because of the pandemic and the prolonged nature of the squads, Dhawan might make it in the top 20, but would mainly be seen warming the benches. To make himself afloat again as a frontline opener, Dhawan surely needs a minimum of 650 runs in the IPL season wherein he exhibits a high average with a towering strike rate. A normal 400 or 500-run IPL although sounds attractive, but to soar into the playing XI of the Indian team, a solid triumphing IPL is an instant need for the left-hander.
Also, regardless of Dhawan being a consistent run-scorer for DC at the top, it will actually be his attacking batting along with some game-defining knocks which will push the selectors and the team management to infuse him in the frontline squad. All in all, with the Indian team all ready to embrace their new batting template, the IPL 2021 can be an ideal place for Shikhar Dhawan to mould his game and become part of the new desired batting template for the 2021 T20 World Cup.