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Looking to finalise top 20 players as quickly as possible: Rahul Dravid on finding the core for T20 World Cup


With T20 World Cup scheduled in Australia in October, India are yet to finalise a core team. They have played 3-4 different squads in the recent series.

Will Dinesh Karthik find a place in the T20 World Cup squad? (Photo: Reuters)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Rishabh Pant was the captain in South Africa series
  • Hardik Pandya will lead India against Ireland
  • India have stiff competition in all departments

With the T20 World Cup just four months away, India are yet to finalise their World Cup squad. Having been drubbed in the 2021 edition of the tournament which they themselves hosted in UAE, India will be on a mission to turn things around under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma.

Sharma will be captaining the Indian side for the first time in a World Cup and would like to settle on a squad soon, to start planning their approach under the tutelage of Rahul Dravid.

Speaking after the South Africa series, which ended up in an unceremonious draw, Dravid said that he is yet to settle in on the final 18-20 players, but would like to get that done, as soon as possible.

“As you come closer and closer to the event, you want to firm up your final squad or if not, you want to have some contingencies in the kind of world we live in today. Obviously, you want to take only 15 to the World Cup but (need to identify) top 18 to 20 players,” he replied to a query about what’s the core team India have.

“Obviously, there could be odd changes due to injury and things that are beyond your control but we are going to start looking to firm up that squad as quickly as possible,” he further said.

“Whether that will happen in the next series (Ireland) or series after that (England) is hard to tell but we are certainly looking to do that as quickly as possible,” he further added.

India have to make key decisions about their openers, the place of Rishabh Pant or Dinesh Karthik in the team, and fix on the middle order as well. They will also be spoilt for choices in the pace department with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik and others available at their disposal.



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