India's performance in the Asia Cup was nothing special. The team was eliminated after losing in the Super-4 round itself. After the match, captain Rohit Sharma said that the entire focus of Team India will now be on the T20 World Cup starting next month. Indian team wants to do well in that tournament. Before the World Cup, Team India also has to play two home series against Australia and South Africa. Both these series will be important for Team India's practice.
The series against Australia will start from 20 September. Before this i.e. next week, the Indian selectors will announce the team for the T20 World Cup. In such a situation, the thing to be seen will be whether the selectors choose the same T20 World Cup team for the T20 series against Australia and South Africa or other players will be given a chance and used in that series as well.
After the poor performance of the Indian team in the Asia Cup, many questions are going on in the minds of the people, whose answers need to be found. Without finding answers to these questions, the road ahead for the Indian team will not be easy. These are the questions.
1. Who will get the chance between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant?
The Indian team has been giving alternate opportunities to both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik since the IPL this year. It is believed that both will be trusted for the T20 World Cup as well. If needed, Pant can be fed as a wicketkeeper and Karthik as a finisher. Also, the selection of both will also depend on which position India needs a player for. Karthik will be a better option for the finisher, while Pant can be trusted for the middle order. Now it will be known only next week who will be given a chance.
2. Will Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel be fully fit?
Jasprit Bumrah was injured just before the Asia Cup. He is battling with a lower back injury problem. According to media reports, Bumrah is not fit yet and is working on his fitness at the National Cricket Academy. In such a situation, while selecting the team, the selectors will take full care of their fitness. Team India has suffered the brunt of Bumrah's absence in the playing-11 in the Asia Cup.
In such a situation, the selectors would like Bumrah to get fit as soon as possible and play the series against Australia and South Africa before the World Cup. Now it will be a matter to be seen how long Bumrah is able to get fit. Even if he gets fit, he will need match practice. His absence can create trouble for Team India. At the same time, Harshal Patel is recovering and will be available for the upcoming home series.
3. Is Mohammed Shami included in the plans for the World Cup?
If Bumrah makes a comeback, he, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh and Harshal Patel are almost certain to be selected. In such a situation, it will be seen whether there is Mohammed Shami in the Indian team or in the team plan or not. Former coach Ravi Shastri had criticized the selectors for not including Shami in the squad for the Asia Cup. Shami had a great performance in the IPL. In such a situation, he can prove to be important for Team India in the death overs and powerplay.
4. Ravi Bishnoi or Ravichandran, who will get the chance?
Yuzvendra Chahal is almost certain to be selected for the T20 World Cup. Suspense continues on Ravindra Jadeja's fit. In such a situation, it will be seen that if Jadeja is not fit, then what will be the spin options of Team India. Will Akshar Patel be included? Or else Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi will be included in the squad. Bishnoi's performance was brilliant in the match against Pakistan. However, because of Ashwin's experience, he can be included in the team. However, it will be known only next week.