Saba Karim reveals his India squad for T20 World Cup 2021; no place for Yuzvendra Chahal

Team India recently finished their white-ball tour of Sri Lanka. Like every other team, they are also focusing hard on the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place at Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October-November later this year. As the mega event is coming near, experts of the captivating game have started…

Saba Karim reveals his India squad for T20 World Cup 2021; no place for Yuzvendra Chahal

Team India recently finished their white-ball tour of Sri Lanka. Like every other team, they are also focusing hard on the upcoming T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place at Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October-November later this year.

As the mega event is coming near, experts of the captivating game have started revealing their picks from different teams. Following the bandwagon, former India cricketer Saba Karim has named his India squad for the marquee event.

Starting with the top-order, Karim went with Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. While Rohit and Kohli are already huge names in the fascinating game, Rahul would look at the global tournament as a platform to roll back into form after being inactive from competitive cricket in the recent past.

Karim picked Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav for the middle-order while Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan as wicketkeepers. Karim said that he selected Iyer because he played the T20I series against England earlier this year. The cricketer-turned-commentator reckoned that though Iyer did not play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 due to injury, his previous season went really well.

“I have kept Shreyas Iyer because he was also in the team which had played against England, and his performance was quite good there. He couldn’t play the IPL this year, but his performance in the IPL was quite good last year. So, there has to be a basis to keep him out of the team,” Karim told India News.

Karim went with Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja as all-rounders, whereas he picked Washington Sundar and Rahul Chahar for the spinners role. Interestingly, Karim didn’t go with Yuzvendra Chahal, who is currently the highest wicket-taker for India in the shortest format. Chahal has so far taken 63 wickets in 49 games.

“I have kept Washington Sundar in my team. I feel that with the matches happening in the UAE, you will need an off-spinner there, and he is kind of an all-rounder. Along with him, I have kept Rahul Chahar because I feel he is an attacking bowler, a wicket-taking bowler, a match-winner,” added the 53-year-old.

The Patna-born mentioned that he is keeping Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the team because the right-armer is extremely crucial for Team India.

“I am still keeping Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the team because I feel his form is coming back, and he will be very essential for the Indian team,” Karim added further.

Saba Karim’s India squad for T20 World Cup:

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

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Bangladesh vs Australia 2021, 1st T20I: Preview – Pitch Report, Playing Combination & Match Prediction

The Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur is set to host the first T20 International (T20I) of the five-match series between Bangladesh and Australia on Tuesday. The hosts have recently shown tremendous performance in the series against Zimbabwe. The Mahmudullah-led side will hope to record another series win as they head into the T20 World…

Bangladesh vs Australia 2021, 1st T20I: Preview – Pitch Report, Playing Combination & Match Prediction

The Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur is set to host the first T20 International (T20I) of the five-match series between Bangladesh and Australia on Tuesday.

The hosts have recently shown tremendous performance in the series against Zimbabwe. The Mahmudullah-led side will hope to record another series win as they head into the T20 World Cup qualifiers.

On the other hand, Australia have experienced a terrible campaign in the five-match T20I series against West Indies. Though they ended the Windies tour with an ODI series win, that will give them some sort of confidence. This series is also a great opportunity for young talent to shine as many senior players have taken rest.

Pitch report:

The surface at Shere Bangla National Stadium tends to remain slow, therefore, spinners are always crucial at this venue. So far, 44 T20I matches have taken place here, with 152 is the average first inning score, while 130 being the average second innings score.

Playing Combination:

Bangladesh

Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Liton Das will not be available for the series opener, therefore Mohammad Naim will open the batting alongside Soumya Sarkar. In the absence of Rahim, Narus Hasan will keep the wickets.

BAN XI: Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Shamim Hossain, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan (w), Nasum Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam.

Australia:

Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the T20I series, and in place of him, Matthew Wade will lead the Aussie side. Mitchell Starc will lead the pace attack, while Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar will handle the responsibility of the spin department.

AUS XI: Matthew Wade (c & wk), Josh Philippe, Ben McDermott, Mitchell Marsh, Moises Henriques, Ashton Turner, Dan Christian, Ashton Agar, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood.

Match Prediction:

Case 1:

  • Australia win the toss and bowl first
  • Bangladesh Powerplay score: 40-50
  • Bangladesh Total: 140-155

Case 2:

  • Bangladesh win the toss and bowl first
  • Australia Powerplay score: 45-60
  • Australia Total: 150-165

Australia to win the contest.

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