With the second half of the IPL set to begin on 19th September and the T20 world cup scheduled right after the IPL, selectors would be eyeing a few player’s performances in the IPL for the T20 World Cup squad. Those who are already in the scheme of things for the world cup squad would look to put their name further ahead of others, while those who aren’t in the limelight yet would look to have a stunning season to get themselves in the limelight. However, to the disgrace of a few players, there are only a few slots left for the world cup squad and even dimmer chances to get a shot in the playing 11. These players though in the current scenario would just be looking to put their name ahead for the squad as getting into the playing 11 might be a far-fledged thought for a few. For these youngsters just getting into the squad even if they don’t get to play a match would be very special.
WHICH SLOTS ARE SURELY BOOKED? WHICH ARE UP FOR GRABS?
The Indian top-order seems very solid with the options of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli. Getting a chance in the top 3 for a youngster is definitely going to require a performance seen never before. With Virat Kohli putting his name ahead for opening the innings right after the IND vs ENG series creates a lot of players eyeing the opening spot, however with KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan having a great IPL, it seems like Virat Kohli would be batting at his initial No.3 position.
MIDDLE/ LOWER ORDER-
The middle-order is one place where there are opportunities for a lot of players. Rishabh Pant has almost booked his spot for the No.5 batsman however the spot for the No.4 batsman is still open and up for grab. At No.6 Hardik Pandya is definitely in the scheme of things however his fitness issues and lack of recent form means that his spot can still be questioned if his lack of form continues. At No.7 there is already Ravindra Jadeja having his slot alongside Washington Sundar (Subject to Fitness) having a go at the same spot.
The Indian bowling lineup is one of the most solid bowling units in the current scenario. With Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, and Yuzvendra Chahal being in the scheme of things however only Jasprit Bumrah’s slot seems booked in the playing 11.
YOUNGSTERS TO LOOK OUT FOR-
1. Suryakumar Yadav-
Having performed consistently in the past few IPLs Suryakumar finally got to play for India this year and since then, his consistency and his performance have been praised by all. Being compared to the likes of Virat and Rohit, Suryakumar should get a straight ticket into the world cup squad however a brilliant IPL would mean that he gets to put his name further ahead for a spot in the playing 11. He is surely a great option to bat at No.4
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2. Ishan Kishan-
Another youngster from Mumbai Indians recently got his debut for India earlier this year and is surely an option for both the top order and the middle order, being a left-handed batsman with huge power-hitting capabilities and his versatility makes him a strong contender for the Indian Squad
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3. Rahul Chahar-
With yuzvendra Chahal not having a great form of late, Rahul Chahar would be eyeing for a spot not just in the squad but also in the playing 11. Getting his debut this year he has performed brilliantly for India as well as for Mumbai Indians in the past. His slot for the squad should be mostly confirmed, his IPL performance can surely book him a spot In the playing 11 if things go his way.
4. Deepak Chahar-
Having great abilities to swing the ball, bowling at the start has always been his strength, however, the only thing that pulled him back was his not so great ability to ball at the death, however in the IND vs SL series he has clearly shown that he has overcome that weakness and has also shown his ability to bat, which provides more stability to the team. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar having consistent fitness issues, a great IPL performance will put his name right at the top for the swing bowling options.
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5. Devdutt Padikkal-
With the top order being mostly set, Padikkal’s chances of getting a chance in the playing 11 seem bleak however a great IPL performance can help him get into the Indian squad. With him scoring a century in this IPL and then getting to debut for India vs Sri Lanka surely adds onto his confidence and puts him in the eyes of the selectors
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6. Prithvi Shaw-
The journey for Prithvi shaw in the past year has been a roller coaster. From being one of the primary options for the top order to be dropped from the team and then a strong comeback, Prithvi has seen it all. Having scored piles of runs in domestic cricket and then scoring a lot of runs at a brisk pace in the IPL. Prithvi Shaw has once again put his name forward for the squad, however, consistent performance in the IPL would be required.
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7. Mohammad Siraj-
Mohammad Siraj has definitely shown his grit in the test format and solidified his name there however his bowling ability in the shorter format still is in question. In this year’s IPL he has surely shown his temperament and his skill in the shorter format too, being one of the most crucial bowlers for RCB, consistent performance in the IPL would mean that he gets a shot into the world cup squad as well.
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8. Shardul Thakur-
In the past, playing for India, Shardul has shown his ability to take wickets quickly and has turned the game on his head on several occasions, however, the first half of the IPL wasn’t great for him. The second half of the IPL would be defining his chances of getting into the squad.
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The IPL hence is going to play a crucial role and might just be the difference in getting a slot in the T20 world cup. It might even change the fate of several youngsters.