While the Covid-riddled year has taken a toll on the sporting world, International cricket went on a toss for months too. The T20 World Cup which was slated to be held this year was postponed to 2022 owing to the global pandemic. However, the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup remains on the cards which is set to hit the floors in the second half of the upcoming year.
The world’s best cricketing tournament will set the stage on fire once again. From the battle of sixes, jaw-dropping catches to last-ball climax, the T20 world cup will have all the ingredients to make the cricket fanatics stick to their television sets till the last ball is bowled. Given the fact that India will play host to the high-voltage contest, the expectations are going to be doubled for the Men in Blue to etch the glory.
On that note, this article attempts to deconstruct the names of street-smart youngsters who may find their names in the Indian squad prior to the World Cup. Apart from the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian army apparently will flaunt several nukes in the form of Ishan Kishan and many others.
Let’s find out the names of these exuberant players:
1. Ishan Kishan
The Ranchi-based cricketer came into fame after he led the Indian colts from the front in the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 held in Bangladesh. Despite a lean run with the bat (73 runs in six innings), in a tournament where Rishabh Pant lit up the scoring charts, he took India to the finals. However, the team could not cross the winning mark, but Ishan made it clear that he has arrived in the cricketing arena.
Realizing his ability to dispatch the ball out for a maximum, he became a renowned name in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Eventually, he repaid the trust shown in him as he smacked 516 runs in 14 outings in the recently-concluded cash-rich contest. Moreover, the southpaw scored at a very consistent basis at a stellar average of 57.33.
The uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman has been the talk of the town after his swashbuckling rendition with the willow. Subsequently, it is expected that he may get his International call as Rishabh Pant does not seem to be in the greatest of form for over a year.
2. Ravi Bishnoi
The Under-19 champion tweaker Ravi Bishnoi who spearheaded the spinning unit has left no stones unturned to get into the eyes of the Indian national team selectors. On 21 January 2020, in India’s match against Japan, Bishnoi took four wickets without conceding a run, before finishing his spell with four wickets for five runs from eight overs and winning the Man of the Match award. To his credit, Ravi finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker.
The budding talent possesses a plethora of skills in his wrist. Making an impact in the IPL, the 20-year-old bagged 12 wickets for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) camp. Bowling at an economy of 7.36, he emerged as an experts’ delight after his consistent performances with the leather.
If he continues to baffle the batsman in the times to come, it will not be surprising to see the Rajasthan-born spin-king to burst into the national team under the leadership of captain Kohli.
3. Varun Chakravarthy
The Tamil-Nadu based cricketer Varun Chakravarthy has taken the world by surprise after his mesmerizing performance in the world’s best league, IPL. Plying his trade for KKR, the 29-year-old plucked 17 wickets at an economy of 6.84. Emerging from the Tamil Nadu Premier League, Varun has everything that a bowler requires in the shortest format of the game.
Although Varun claimed only 9 wickets in the TNPL, his economy and dot ball percentage (4.7 and 52.08 respectively) stood out the most. Overall, he bowled 125 dot balls in 10 innings and was one of the finds of the tournament.
Boasting a considerable amount of experience in professional cricket, he claimed his candidature for the International selection on the back of match-winning performances which impacted the purple and gold outfit remarkably. To his dismay, the leg-break tweaker could not make it to Australia despite bagging the national call recently. He is currently recuperating from a shoulder injury which he sustained during the IPL.
4. T Natarajan
The Kerala-based speedster T Natarajan has every right to get into the national team. Rendering back to back magnificent performances on the cricketing turf, he has become the rising star in the T20 horizon. Out of the 38 outings in the T20s, he has grabbed 35 crucial breakthroughs in the domestic circuit.
Adding to his cheers, his performance was echoed by fans and professionals in the IPL recently. Bagging 16 wickets in as many matches, he made the difference for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) with his tremendous bowling ability at the time when the captain demanded.
The medium-pacer is currently busy with the Indian team in Australia. The uncapped Indian pacer has been named the squad in place of the injured Varun Chakravarthy. It will be exciting to watch if the young Turk will get a chance to make his international debut.
5. Devdutt Paddikal
The Karnataka-based opener Devdutt Padikkal has shown glimpses of his brilliance with the willow in the IPL. Representing Royal Challengers Bangalore in the current season, he blazed some extraordinary shots amassing 473 runs. Playing alongside the likes of Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch, it must have helped him to handle the pressure. For his incredible feat, he achieved the emerging player award in the 13th edition of the cricketing carnival.
Putting his name as a favourite in place of an injured opener, he may be seen in action donning the blues in the coming days. The BCCI top brass Sourav Ganguly apparently batted for Dev extending lavish praises for the southpaw.
If he consistently performs with the bat in the upcoming months, it is a no-brainer that the 20-year-old will don the national jersey and represent India in the coming World Cup 2021. The short-format specialist is a delight to watch especially against ruthless pacers. Reminding many of the heavyweight Yuvraj Singh, the fearless cricketer has got nothing to look back from now on.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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