The cricketing action will continue for the Team India as they will now set off for a full-fledged series in the Caribbean. The tour will commence with a 3-match T20I series and it is a great opportunity for the side to begin their preparations for the next year’s T20 World Cup to be played Down Under. A total of 16 teams will be participating in the event with India taking on South Africa in their opening tie.
Men in Blue will again be the hot favourites to lift the title as the high profile T20 league, Indian Premier League (IPL) has produced quality talent for them over the years. The IPL has served its purpose of carving out new gems for the Indian team. Most of them have gone on to represent India in bilateral series but certain individuals deserve the ICC event tickets as well. The T20 World Cup 2020 will be the perfect platform for them to showcase their skills.
Here is the list of IPL team-wise player who deserves to be a part of the T20 World Cup:
1. Mumbai Indians – Krunal Pandya:
Krunal Pandya. (Photo: IANS)
The Mumbai franchise has won two titles in their last three sojourns and some of the credit should go to their winning combination of Pandya brothers. Especially Krunal Pandya who has occasionally outplayed the international stars of the side with his limited skill set.
So far, the all-rounder has scaled 40 wickets at a striking economy rate of 7.1 in 55 IPL ties. His impressive outings got him the ticket to T20Is where he has scalped 11 wickets in as many games. Though the senior Pandya is to yet to establish himself in the Blue team he can be a match-winner if enough opportunities are presented to him.
Along with his left-arm spinners, he can also provide the team with required batting depth as he was the leading run-getter for Baroda in the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy. Krunal has a knack of performing well in big games and the 2017 IPL final is the prime example where he scored a quickfire 47 in a low scoring tie. He can prove to be a utility player for the team in the T20 challenge.
2. Royal Challengers Bangalore – Navdeep Saini:
Navdeep Saini. (Photo Source: Twitter)
One of the IPL teams which has always been full of superstars is Virat Kohli‘s Royal Challengers Bangalore. Still, it was a young fast bowler who stole the limelight in IPL 2019 with his incredible quick bowling. The 26-year-old Navdeep Saini put up some strong performances as he finished his debut season with 11 wickets in 13 games.
The pacer was able to hurry the batsmen even those comfortable against pace and it caught the attention of cricketing fraternity. For his IPL heroics, Saini was rewarded with a place in the standby list of 2019 World Cup squad. Saini has been grinding out in the domestic arena and has picked up more than 120 wickets in 43 first-class games.
Recently he was picked in the India A side for the West Indies tour and there also he bagged a fifer in the 50-overs game. On the back of his performances, the pacer has been included in the Indian T20I and ODI squad on the tour of West Indies. With his height, Saini can be a threat on bouncy Australian pitches and that’s why he needs to be considered for the T20 World Cup 2020.
3. Sunrisers Hyderabad – Manish Pandey:
Manish Pandey. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
The Hyderabad team has been a consistent performer in the IPL but the same cannot be said about their middle-order. Expect Manish Pandey who found his mojo in the second half of IPL 2019 and helped his side solve some of their batting problems. The right-hander has been around the Indian team for a long time but has never stamped his authority on the international stage. A year ago he also dress rehearsed for the Indian middle-order duties but again failed to make best use of the opportunities.
He has accumulated more than 5000 runs in his List-A career and has been a batting mainstay for his state team, Karnataka. Pandey is a cricketer who expresses himself freely when a role is assigned to him for a long period and that’s why he found success while playing for KKR.
Of late he has been in good form and he also stroked a century in a 50-overs tie against West Indies A leading the India A team. The Indian team needs to give Pandey a long run as he has the skills to solve the middle muddle. With all his conventional and unconventional shots and amazing ground fielding, Manish can be a key player for India on the big Australian grounds.
4. Kolkata Knight Riders – Shubman Gill:
Shubman Gill. (Photo Source: Twitter)
In the last couple of years, the Kolkata franchise has trusted their young players to drive the team to new heights. One of them is Shubman Gill who was the Player of the tournament when the India won the U19 World Cup 2018 in New Zealand. The teenager from Punjab is an elegant stroke maker and can play shots all around the park. Gill made his first-class debut in 2017 and only in his second game he caressed a ton against Services.
After his U19 pyrotechnics, he was snapped up by KKR in the 2018 auction and immediately he showed his talent with a half-century against CSK. Shubman raised the bar with an outstanding 2018-19 Ranji Trophy where he gathered 728 runs in 5 games. As a result, he received the national call-up when the Men in Blue toured New Zealand and played 2 ODIs.
The right-hander was again in his elements when he opened the innings in IPL 2019 as he struck 3 half-centuries. He is a batsman who enjoys batting on true surfaces and that’s why he can be a lethal weapon for India at top of the order in next year’s T20 championship.
5. Delhi Capitals – Shreyas Iyer:
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo: IANS)
Few players take their game to the next level when they shoulder responsibilities and Shreyas Iyer is one of them. The right-hander can tear apart bowling attacks with his aggressive approach batting at the top or in the middle order. At the age of 19, he became the highest run-getter for Mumbai with over 800 runs in his debut Ranji season. Soon Iyer started racking up more impressive numbers and notably, he amassed over 1300 runs at an average 73 in the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy.
He was hitting all the right notes while topping the batting charts in the domestic circuit and soon got his international cap against Sri Lanka in late 2017. Iyer has only played 6 ODIs to judge but he has a habit of throwing away his starts when runs dry up.
The youngster seems to have worked out his flaws as he gathered over 450 runs while leading the Delhi side in IPL 2019. Shreyas is equally good against pacers and spinners and his style of play in the middle-order will keep the team in good stead for the T20 World Cup.
6. Chennai Super Kings – Ravindra Jadeja:
Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravindra Jadeja is one of those rare cricketers who can change the course of the game with his mere presence on the field. The all-rounder has always been a trusted sepoy of the Indian team and has proved his worth repeatedly. He has played more than 230 international games but of late he is considered more of a secondary option by the team management. Still, he has made most of his opportunities with his match-winning contributions.
There is a notion that Jadeja’s bowling is only effective when the surface aids him but he is a cricketer who can make up for it with his multi-dimensional skills. The southpaw is no mug with the bat in his hand and his innings against New Zealand in 2019 World Cup semi-final is the validation of the point.
Even in the IPL, he is an integral part of Chennai’s plans as MS Dhoni has often backed him for his game-changing attributes. Jadeja can clear any fence with his power hitting and his athleticism on big outfields of Australia can be the perfect specimen for India in the 7th edition of the T20 championship.
7. Rajasthan Royals – Riyan Parag:
Riyan Parag. (Photo Source: Twitter)
The Rajasthan franchise has been home to some raw talents who have emerged in Indian cricket. The latest one being the 17-year-old boy wonder from Assam, Riyan Parag who caught the attention of cricketing fans with his immense composure in high-pressure situations. In IPL 2019 the teenager scored 160 runs in 7 ties including a gritty half-century against KKR when the stars of the side perished in a run-chase.
He is taking steps in the right direction as he was the leading run-scorer for Assam in the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy with 248 runs. Parag may not have generated mind-boggling statistics but he seems to have a remarkable ability to play the game according to the situation.
Apart from his batting, he can also help the side with his part-time leg breaks. In recent times, the Indin team has struggled to find a floater who can bat freely irrespective of his position and Parag can serve that purpose if he gets the nod for the T20 World Cup.
8. Kings XI Punjab – Mayank Agarwal:
Mayank Agarwal. (Photo Source: Twitter)
It was again a disappointing campaign for the Punjab team in IPL 2019 as they failed to qualify for the playoffs after leading the points table in the first half of the tournament. The team was heavily dependent on their top-order including Mayank Agarwal who had his best season with 332 runs in 13 games.
The right-hander has been in ominous form since the last couple of years as he has scored a truckload of runs in the domestic arena. He amassed over 2100 runs across formats in 2017-18. All the hard work paid off when he got his Test debut against Australia in late 2018 and he stroked 2 half-centuries in as many games.
Agarwal was made for big things as he was the leading run-scorer of the side in 2010 U19 World Cup but then the youngster suffered a dip in form which derailed his career. Thereafter he sweat it out for his stateside and now looks a batting mainstay for the Indian team. In the next year’s T20 battle India needs a free-flowing batsman in powerplay overs and Agarwal can fill that void with his clean hitting.
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