T20 WC 2021: 5 players whose form is a concern for their teams
Few players' recent forms might worry the teams ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup
Updated - Oct 11, 2021 7:54 pm
The excitement and build-up to the upcoming ICC T20 WC are palpable among fans and critics, and experts. After a gap of five years, the showpiece event will get underway from October 17 in Oman and UAE. All the top teams are gearing up for the event either by playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) or by playing domestic matches for their respective teams. India, South Africa, Australia, and England players are majorly seen playing IPL.
Pakistan, New Zealand, and Bangladesh players are done with the preparation and are ready to land in UAE. During the five-year cycle, fans have seen some top teams like England, India, and New Zealand take the game to an altogether different level by playing a fearless brand of cricket. While some teams like Sri Lanka and South Africa have slipped and have failed to rebuild well during the transformation stage.
That counts for nothing during an ICC event, as any team can beat a top team in the T20 WC.
The format of T20 cricket is also very unpredictable, and within a blink of a second, the game changes. Hence we cannot rule out any team upsetting one. Few of the top teams could though be worried about the performances of some players. For example, Australia could be worried about David Warner’s dismal returns for SRH this season. Also, Shadab Khan for Pakistan has looked a bit of color in recent times. Meanwhile, here are a few-
Out of form players who can be a cause of worry in T20 WC
1. Hardik Pandya
Mumbai Indians (MI) head coach Mahela Jayawardena said that the management are not pushing all-rounder Hardik Pandya to bowl because it may affect his batting. In the five matches during the UAE leg of the IPL, Pandya was not given to bowl one single over. His batting too looked indifferent, barring the one innings of unbeaten 40 he had played against PBKS.
During several of his interviews, skipper Virat Kohli has spoken about the importance of having Pandya in the team due to the balance he provides with both bat and ball. Also by playing Hardik, Kohli can either play an extra batter or a bowler in the team. The MI all-rounder had returned to bowl during the recent limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. But during the IPL, he was kept away from bowling in the crucial middle overs.
The BCCI selectors while selecting the squad, picked Pandya as an all-rounder. India head coach Ravi Shastri has also backed Pandya to come good during the T20 World Cup. It remains to be seen whether he plays as an all-rounder or just a lower-order batter in the team.