On 28th September, Wednesday, India will kickstart the three-match T20I series against South Africa. It will be India’s last series before they fly out to Australia for the upcoming T20 World Cup. The series will also serve as the last chance for the Indian team management to get their plans in order before the mega event.
The BCCI have already announced the T20 World Cup squad alongside the reserves. However, any team can make final changes to their squad before October 15th as per the ICC. With a couple of Indian players currently struggling with form and injuries, we take a look at three players who could still make it to the T20 World Cup squad.
1. Deepak Chahar
One can consider Deepak Chahar a bowler of a similar mold to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Deepak is a swing bowler who mainly bowls with the new ball. Furthermore, he is also more than capable with the bat lower down the order. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar currently struggling with form, Deepak Chahar could raise a claim for his spot in the T20 World Cup squad if he gets a chance against South Africa. Also, in the absence of Ravindra Jadeja, his presence could beef up India’s batting as well.
2. Mohammad Shami
The veteran pacer has been named in the reserves for India’s T20 World Cup squad. He missed Australia’s T20 series with Covid and is likely to miss at least a couple of games against South Africa as well. However, one cannot question the quality Mohammad Shami possesses. The right-handed pacer is one of the best new ball bowlers on the planet. Furthermore, his experience in Australia could prove pivotal for India. With Harshal Patel currently struggling badly with form, Shami could be included in India’s T20 World Cup squad if the former fails against South Africa as well.
3. Shreyas Iyer
Since IPL 2022, Deepak Hooda has impressed once and for all with his performances whenever he got a chance. On the bench, he provided India with a great option courtesy of his ability to play in any position as a floater. Furthermore, his handy off-spin bowling also gave him an edge over other players. The all-rounder has been named in India’s T20 World Cup squad but an untimely injury has ruled him out of the T20 series against South Africa. If he fails to recover in time, Shreyas Iyer could be named his replacement. The Mumbai batter is named among the reserves for the T20 World Cup and he has done well in the T20 format whenever called upon.