Devang Gandhi gave hint about the possible changes in the Indian national cricket team squad for the T20I series against England. He told PTI that KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma might open the batting for India and this would be a build-up to the upcoming World Cup. Shikhar Dhawan May Not Feature in Playing XI of Indian National Cricket Team.
Opening pair of Indian National Cricket team for World Cup
Former selector Devang Gandhi spoke to PTI about the possible changes in the Indian line-up that could be seen in the Indian side for the upcoming five-match T20I series against England. Starting from March 12, the whole series will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Motera Ahmedabad. There are still speculations about the Indian playing XI as the selectors want to experiment with the team. This series will mark the preparation for India’s T20I World Cup assignment later this year. with a strong reserve bench and multiple players available for one slot, how the management would decide on the first XI, it would be an interesting watch.
Speaking about possible changes, Devang Gandhi told PTI that KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma would be opening the Indian batting going into the showpiece event, the World Cup. “KL and Rohit are your opening pair in T20s going into the World T20. Shikhar will be the reserve opener and will have to wait for his turn. Maybe during the ODIs, he can be given a chance if the ODIs are also treated as an extension of T20 preparation.”
SKY to feature
He also shared his insights about positioning Suryakumar Yadav. Suryakumar Yadav is all set for international assignments and experts rate him as an important member for the side going to the World Cup. Gandhi explained that Suryakumar Yadav should bat at no.5 for India in the England T20Is and Rishabh Pant should come in at no. 4.
“Surya has had tremendous success for Mumbai Indians in the IPL batting at that particular slot. If you are looking at him going into the World T20, give him as many games as possible in the lead-up. He should also be kept in the ODI squad,” Gandhi said.