The India T20I World Cup squad is likely to be announced after the 4th test at Oval. The team composition could be 6 batters, 2 all-rounders (1pace & 1 spin), 2 spinners and 5 fast bowlers. There are 2 keepers amongst batters. One expects that 90% of the squad will be on expected lines and it is the remaining 10% that might be contentious.
The opening options should be Rohit Sharna and KL Rahul , the exact two players who are opening for India in the test series. Both Rohit and Rahul can destroy attacks with effortless ease if they are on song.
The middle-order should comprise of skipper Virat Kohli , Surya Kumar Yadav and keeper Rishabh Pant with Hardik Pandya , the batting seam allrounder and Shreyas Iyer as the backup option. Even the hard hitting lefthander Ishan Kishan should be in the mix. Kohli is a legend of all formats, Surya is in the form of his life, Rishabh Pant can be destructive on his day and Shreyas can provide solidity as well as an attacking option if in XI. Hardik of course will play as a finisher in the slog overs with his great hitting prowess.
Shikhar Dhawan’s chances ? It looks difficult as of now for the star player in ODIs to get into this squad.
The other allrounder is Ravindra Jadeja, whose batting has improved by leaps and bounds in all formats besides his experienced left-arm spin. Both Jadeja and Hardik are electric fielders.
The pace options sould be Bumrah, Shami, Bhuvneswar and Deepak Chahar . While Bhuvneshwar and Deepak Chahar are essentially powerplay bowlers who can move it in the air , Bumrah and Shami will be for middle and death overs essentially.
However very close to selection will be Mohammed Siraj who has improved by leaps and bounds in T20Is and Shardul Thakur who can br a proper fast bowling allrounder as Hardik’s bowling status is still in doubt . However Shardul has a tendency of leaking runs . Even T Natarajan , who is fit now might well be in the mix due to his yorker bowling ability in death overs.
Amongst the spin options Yazuvendra Chahal is expected to be a sure shot selection and the last spin option could be one from Ravi Ashwin, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar ( who was superb in Srilanka) and Varun Chakravarthy. It will be a close one with all four having their own attributes. Probably as the right arm off-spin, either Sundar or Ashwin might sneak through in the last spot as with Chahal already there, Rahul Chahar or Varun might just lose out.
With some big grounds at UAE and slowish pitches , Ashwin could be a great option as with his skills and flair he can make a big difference in the spin bowling group . He has also had two great IPL seasons in 2019 & 2020 and the last one was played at UAE . The only grey area is his fielding but not all the fielders in this squad are outstanding
The Probable team (15 members)
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma , KL Rahul , Rishabh Pant (wk) , Surya Kumar Yadav , Shreyas Iyer/Ishan Kishan , Hardik Pandya , Ravindra Jadeja , Jasprit Bumrah , Mohammad Shami , Shardul Thakur/T Natarajan /Mohammad Siraj , Bhuvneshwar Kumar , Deepak Chahar , Yazuvendra Chahal & Washington Sundar / R Ashwin / Varun Chakravarthy / Rahul Chahar