Former Indian wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer surprised by Indian opener Shikhar Dhawanomission of the T20 group.
On September 8, the Cricket Control Board of India announced a preliminary team of 15 members with three additional reserved players for the flashy event in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Many deserving players, such as the duo of Mumbai Indians, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, who made their international debut against England earlier this year, have been included to bolster India’s midfield with Rishabh Pant.
I’m surprised Shikhar Dhawan was left out: Farokh Engineer
However, there were some disturbing omissions from the World Cup team that no one would have expected in the first place. The missing Dhawan team is not only shocking but also somehow frustrating as the veteran opener has been appointed as the captain to lead India in the limited over in Sri Lanka in July.
Engineer felt that the Indian team was well balanced but was shocked when he saw that Dhawan was missing the point and called it a big disappointment.
‘I did not study it exactly. I only heard it once. But it looks like all the top players are there. Suryakumar Yadav is in the group, which I am very glad to see. Chahar is a very good bowler, and there is of course Bumrah. I think with Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma the balance of the team is good. I think we have a good team, ”Ingenieur told Sports Tak.
‘Shikhar Dhawan … well, I’m surprised he was left out because he came in fantastically well. But it is such a big problem for the Indian selectors that players like Dhawan are dropped, which is a big disappointment because he would join any international team as a batsman. “He has proven himself time and time again and I do not think a player of his caliber should be tried,” he added.
Who are you replacing Shikhar Dhawan ?: Farokh Engineer
It looks like KL Rahul would open up with Rohit Sharma in the absence of the left hand and Engineer further questions about which player Dhawan could replace as both Rahul and Rohit are in great form.
“But who do you drop? KL Rahul did very well. He is great; one of the best batsmen in the world, I think. Rohit Sharma is at the top of his form. Still, I think it’s a very good team they have chosen, and I think we have every chance of winning the T20 World Cup, ‘said Engineer.
India play their first match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 against arch-rivals Pakistan in the T20 World Cup on October 24.