Exclusive Indian T20I XI of players not considered for the 2023 ODI World Cup who can play in the home season
A few days ago, there were reports that India would field different squads altogether for ODIs and T20Is in the upcoming home season. For the talent India has, they can very well do that. In this article, we take a look at an exclusive Indian T20I XI of players not considered for the 2023 ODI World Cup who can play in the home season.
India has to prepare for the 2024 T20 World Cup by utilising a few youngsters. Of course, some experience is also needed. In this regard, the management can already start the preparation.
Openers: Prithvi Shaw and Rahul Tripathi
Prithvi Shaw and Rahul Tripathi will open the batting in the Indian T20I XI of players not considered for the 2023 ODI World Cup who can play in the home season. While Prithvi has not got a chance in the Indian Team, Tripathi is yet to make his debut despite being with the squad. Both players would need a run of games if they have to be ready for the big stage. The upcoming home season will be the perfect time to groom them.
Middle-Order: Tilak Varma, Nitish Rana and Jitesh Sharma (WK)
Tilak Varma did well in IPL 2022 and has followed it up with a good outing in domestic cricket. His profile is very suitable for the squad and hence, Tilak needs a chance. Nitish Rana did well in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and hence, deserves an opportunity. He must work his game against short ball if he has to take up a slot in the middle order. Since the other wicket-keeper contenders will compete for a spot in the ODI XI, Jitesh Sharma would be an apt fit for the T20Is. His finishing abilities can make him another Dinesh Karthik.
All-Rounders: Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia
Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia will be the all-rounders in the Indian T20I XI of players not considered for the 2023 ODI World Cup who can play in the home season. Parag can play further up the order and if that is the case, then someone like Shahrukh Khan would fit better in the XI. Rahul Tewatia can also finish games and would be a useful bowler if players such as Tilak Varma and Nitish Rana can be a backup if Tewatia has a bad day.
Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohsin Khan and Avesh Khan
Harshal Patel, for his experience, is required. He would take care of the death overs. With Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav competing for the leg-spinner role in ODIs, Ravi Bishnoi can be groomed for T20Is. Mohsin Khan should be back from his injury soon and can be integrated quickly. He will bowl in the powerplay and can also do the job at the death. Avesh Khan needs a confidence booster and giving him another run of games could be useful in that regard.