ISHAN Kishan may have managed to retain his place in the fifteen-member World T20 Indian team after taking those three catches in the first essay of the match against the Rajasthan Royals, and then scoring those quick-fire unbeaten 50 off just 25 deliveries. The selectors, headed by Chetan Sharma, might now find it tough to sideline him because of his lack of form.
That means two more players from the Mumbai Indians — Hardik Pandya and Rahul Chahar — who are under the scanner for lack of form, continue to be a topic of discussion as the date for making any cosmetic change to the squad ends on October 10.
India Ahead is the first to report that Hardik isn’t fitting well into the scheme of things of the Indian team because he is unable to bowl in the match. It doesn’t matter much for the Indian team management if Hardik is a batting allrounder, the main issues are his form and fitness.
With Hardik struggling to score runs consistently, the board is concerned if he could still be accommodated into the all-rounder’s slot when he isn’t bowling regularly. Therefore, Shardul Thakur’s name is doing the rounds.
The chorus to bring back Yuzvendra Chahal is also getting louder. That is because of his superb form in IPL. Not that he is among the top three wicket-takers in IPL 2021. Chahal is creating an impact for his team, and that matters a lot for team management.
There is a thought process that Chahal could be in the team in place of Deepak Chahar, who is struggling to wield that sort of magic like last year. But this is how cricket is — you win some, lose some. But having six cricketers from one IPL team continues to be a topic of discussion in Indian cricket.