Team India’s position wise back-up for the T20 World Cup 2021
Probable replacement options with India for T20 World Cup 2021.
Updated - Mar 17, 2021 2:58 pm
All the focus for 2021 and even 2022 is on the shortest format of the game as there are two T20 World Cup scheduled during those years. The first one will be held in India, while Australia will host the event in 2022.
Like other countries, even India is planning for the World Cup and looking to find the best possible combination. They have tried out quite a few players and different combinations during the ongoing series against England, who hold a 2-1 lead in the five-game series. Playing against the world’s best T20 team is a good test for the team and will help them understand how effective their players can be against the top teams.
While having a good playing XI is obviously important, having solid backup options on the bench is also quite important in case someone loses form or gets injured. On that note, here’s a look at-
Position wise back-up in the T20I World Cup for India
1. Shikhar Dhawan (Rohit Sharma)
Given that Virat Kohli said that KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are his first-choice openers, it makes things difficult for Shikhar Dhawan. However, he was given an opportunity in the first T20I against England as Rohit was rested. He failed to make use of the chance as he scored just 4 runs in 12 balls.
Thus, he was dropped for the 2nd game, when he was probably meant to play that game as well. However, he is still going to be there as a backup given his IPL performances and decent T20I stats in general.
He has scored 1673 runs in 65 T20Is at an average of 27.88 while scoring at 127.41. The left-handed batsman was in prime form during the IPL when he scored 618 runs at a strike rate of nearly 145, and thus he will be one of the backup openers.