The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday evening announced the Indian T20 World Cup squad.
Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who last played white-ball cricket for India in 2017, was included in India's 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup alongside Surya Kumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Axar Patel and Varun Chakravarthy.
Yadav, Kishan and Chakravarthy have apparently been rewarded for their consistent performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the few opportunities they got with the Indian team.
However, there are some players who were in the reckoning to feature in the squad but have not been included. Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Prithvi Shaw, T. Natarajan, Krunal Pandya and Navdeep Saini are some of the players who have missed out.
Meanwhile, in a surprising development, former Indian captain MS Dhoni has been named as the mentor for the T20 World Cup, said BCCI Secretary Jay Shah.
Check out the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup
TEAM - Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami.
Standby players – Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar
India and Pakistan will be locking horns on October 24 in a group-stage encounter. The tournament will get underway from October 17, with the final to be played in Dubai on November 14.
The tournament will begin with the Round 1 Group B encounter between hosts Oman and Papua New Guinea on October 17, with Scotland and Bangladesh, the other teams in Group B, clashing in the evening match.
Ireland, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and Namibia -- making up Group A -- will be in action in Abu Dhabi the next day, with Round 1 matches running till October 22. The top two teams in each group will proceed to the Super 12 stage of the tournament, beginning on October 23.
The second round of the tournament -- the Super12 stage -- will get underway in Abu Dhabi on October 23, with the Group 1 contest between Australia and South Africa. This will be followed up with an evening clash between England and West Indies in Dubai. Arch-rivals England and Australia will lock horns in Dubai on October 30. It will conclude on November 6 with matches between Australia and West Indies in Abu Dhabi, and England and South Africa in Sharjah.
Group 2 will commence with a heavyweight clash between India and Pakistan in Dubai on October 24. Pakistan then take on New Zealand in Sharjah on October 26, in a tough start for the 2009 champions. Afghanistan begin their campaign on October 25 at Sharjah, taking on the winners of Group B from the first round. It will conclude on November 8, with India taking on the second-placed Round 1 qualifier from Group A.
The first semi-final will be held in Abu Dhabi on November 10. The second semi-final will be hosted by Dubai on November 11. Both semi-finals have reserve days. The marquee clash of the tournament will take place in Dubai on November 14, Sunday, with Monday acting as the reserve day for the final.
(With ANI inputs)
(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)