T20 World Cup 2021: 3 Selection headaches for Virat Kohli ahead of the tournament
The event is scheduled for later this year and being the hosts, India are deemed as the favourites.
Updated - Mar 27, 2021 3:58 pm
India are the no.2 ranked T20I team and they recently beat no.1 England 3-2 in the five-match series in Ahmedabad. Moreover, the fact that Virat Kohli’s Men in Blue handed debuts to a few of their youngsters, makes the victory even more memorable.
In the meantime, despite doing well in the shortest format, India have a few chinks in their armour that could take colossal form if not dealt with in an apt manner. The T20 World Cup is scheduled for later this year and being the hosts, India are deemed as the favourites.
With the Indian Premier League (IPL) and other international fixtures ahead, the Indian players would be getting adequate practice prior to the mega event. But there are a few issues, which need to be looked into as a matter of priority. Otherwise, the same problems could haunt them.
In the article, let’s take a look at three areas Virat Kohli and India need to work on before the T20 World Cup:
1) Spin combination
Back in 2017, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal started shouldering the mantle of India’s spin-bowling in ODIs and T20Is. Even as the former has kept performing, Kuldeep has gone into a slump and has had to warm the bench quite a few times.
Kuldeep hasn’t played consistently even for his IPL side, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). During this while, a number of Indian spinners have come to the fore. Ravindra Jadeja’s pin-point accuracy causes the batters problems. He has also grown leaps and bounds as far as his batting is concerned.
Washington Sundar and Axar Patel have impressed quite a bit as well. Rahul Tewatia also broke into the T20I squad against England. Not to forget Rahul Chahar, who has represented India as well. It remains to be seen who India go with, in the end.