Dubai: The Indian cricket team will face New Zealand in the next match of the T20 World Cup. Some legends, including Sunil Gavaskar, are talking about a change in the playing XI for the Super-12 stage to be held in Dubai on October 31. However, in this ‘do or die’ match, India can play the same XI, which means that there is every possibility that there will be no change in the playing XI.
The Indian team had lost to arch-rivals Pakistan by 10 wickets in their very first match of the T20 World Cup. It has been the habit of the current IPL champions Chennai Super Kings to not change the team after a loss. The Indian team can also rely on the same XI that Pakistan defeated by 10 wickets in Dubai. CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is associated with Team India as a mentor.
The poor performance against Pakistan has raised serious questions about the team composition but Dhoni’s opinion is understood to matter a lot in the team combination against New Zealand. This means that pacer Shardul Thakur is unlikely to be fielded in place of Hardik Pandya. Pandya has started bowling practice because he also knows that without it now it is not going to work.
Spinner Varun Chakraborty is likely to play when he is fully fit. Ravichandran Ashwin will have to be out again if skipper Virat Kohli doesn’t want to change the spin attack. Virat is landing at number-3, in such a situation, the landing of Suryakumar Yadav at number-4 and after him Rishabh Pant is believed to be fixed. There doesn’t seem to be any room for change in the pace attack.
Hardik Pandya may be available to bowl in the match against New Zealand
Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya may be available to bowl in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup match against New Zealand on Sunday. He will be allowed to bowl after evaluating his progress in the bowling practice session here today.
In fact, Pandya had bowled in the nets on Wednesday and it is understood that he can bowl four overs of his quota if needed in the match against New Zealand at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Indian team management, however, will ask him to bowl again today to ascertain his fitness and decide whether he can be picked for the New Zealand match. There was no net session on Thursday.
Good news is coming from Dubai that Hardik Pandya bowled during net practice on Wednesday. Team India is currently missing the sixth bowler. If Pandya can bowl 2-3 overs against New Zealand, then Team India’s headache will be a little less. If this does not happen, then it will be a difficult decision for captain Virat to keep him in the playing XI. #t20worldcup #indvsnz #hardikpandya #virat
– Syed Saba Karim (@cricketsabak) 27 Oct 2021
It is noteworthy that 28-year-old Hardik got injured during the first match against Pakistan. He was seen feeling pain in his right shoulder. After this, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement, “Hardik was taken for a scan, as he did not field in that match, so the MRI scan report did not show any problem. “
Virat bowls in the nets, captain will hold the ball if Hardik does not bowl
If Hardik Pandya is fit to bowl then fine but if Hardik Pandya is not fit then captain Virat Kohli can bowl 2 overs. He bowled in the nets and from then on the possibility became strong.
By the way, let us tell you that in the last few T20 World Cup matches, Virat Kohli has also bowled and has also taken wickets. Virat Kohli also took a wicket in India’s final T20 World Cup match against West Indies. It remains to be seen how many times he is seen holding the ball in this World Cup.
Kevin Pietersen was Virat Kohli’s first T20 wicket. He was stumped by Kohli at the hands of Dhoni. After this, in the year 2011, another England batsman was dismissed by him.
In the 2012 T20 World Cup, he dismissed Pakistan’s opener Mohammad Hafeez. He was declared man of the match in this match for scoring a half-century with the bat.
Apart from this, in the semi-finals of the 2016 T20 World Cup, he gave a big relief to Team India by dismissing Johnson Charles of West Indies. Although the final over of this match was bowled by Kohli, but by hitting 6 runs off Kohli’s ball, the West Indies batsman threw India out of the T20 World Cup.
While Hardik bowling is a great news, it’s important that he gets his batting form back…india needs his batting more than his bowling. What do you think?
– Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 28 Oct 2021
India (likely playing): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (capt), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakraborty and Jasprit Bumrah.