India’s T20 World Cup squad was introduced on Monday and each Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik discovered a spot within the 15-member squad. After the announcement, Dinesh Karthik took to Twitter to say that “dreams do come true.” Now, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has stated that he would play each Pant and Karthik in his enjoying XI for the upcoming World Cup, and he gave the reasoning, saying dangers have to be taken if you wish to win a marquee occasion.
“I would play both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. At No.5, Rishabh Pant, No.6 Hardik Pandya or the vice-versa and I’ll play Dinesh Karthik at No.7. I would give with Hardik and four other options as bowlers. If you do not take risk, how will you win? You need to take risk in all departments then only you can get rewards,” Gavaskar told Sports Tak.
In the squad, Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel have additionally been named and therefore the bowling division has strengthened. Gavaskar feels that the addition of those two will bolster the lineup and India might be in good fingers.
“It is a good team. It is a balanced side, we have high hopes from them in terms of winning the World Cup. I think India can win the World Cup because of the balance. What happened in Asia Cup was a wake-up call, I am hopeful that this team will come back with the World Cup. The team that has been selected, we should support that. Now that the time has been announced, we should give our full backing,” stated Gavaskar.
“Our problem in the Asia Cup was that we did not have such bowlers that can defend a total. Now that, Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel have come back, these two are such bowlers who can defend targets and if you are bowling first, they can strike up front. The team has become stronger with these two coming together,” he added.
India squad for ICC T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
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