The new year brings a new team and a new captain. The announcement will be made on the 15th. Yes, Team India will play a new series in the new year, starting with the T20 series against Afghanistan. We have three T20 matches to play. Remember, we don’t have many T20 matches before the World Cup. These three T20 matches will be followed by a Test series against England. After that, the IPL will take place, and then directly the T20 World Cup. So, we need to assemble a team that can think about the T20 World Cup, allowing players to practice accordingly.
Hitman Takes the Helm: Rohit Sharma as Captain
We need to assess if this team is worthy of the T20 World Cup. Hence, I say, new year, new team, new captain. In the previous T20 series in Africa, many players who won’t be playing in this series were part of the team. Therefore, a new team has been formed, and along with that, a new captain. In the previous series, Sur Kumar Yadav was the captain, but now there are reports that not only for this series but also for the T20 World Cup, a new captain will be appointed for Team India, and it will be Rohit Sharma. Yes, Hitman Sharma will lead Team India in the T20 World Cup. News about this is quite solid.
Openers’ Puzzle: Gill, Jaiswal, and the Gaikwad Question
Rohit Sharma will not only captain in this series but also lead Team India in the T20 World Cup. In this context, how Rohit Sharma’s team for the series against Afghanistan may look, I will tell you player by player. First, let’s talk about the openers. In the openers, Team India has three to four options: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Ruturaj Gaikwad. However, in this series, Rohit, Gill, and most likely, Yashasvi Jaiswal will get the chance. Ruturaj Gaikwad might miss out due to an injury. Moving on to the middle order, Virat Kohli will be there, who has not been playing T20 for a while but is expected to play in the T20 World Cup.
Kohli’s Return and the Contenders for Middle Order
Apart from Kohli, Shreyas Iyer will be in the middle order, followed by Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, and Tilak Varma. Remember that this team is not yet complete, as the return of Sur Kumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya is pending. Both are recovering from injuries, and if Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson don’t perform well, KL Rahul might also find a place in the team.
Spin Specialists and Pace Powerhouse: Bishnoi, Axar, Siraj, & Co.
Now, let’s move on to spinners: Axar Patel and Ravi Bishnoi will be the key players. Ravi Bishnoi will likely replace Jadeja and Akshay Patel. Bishnoi is a T20 specialist, so his presence is crucial. Now, let’s talk about the pacers: Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, and Mukesh Kumar. Mukesh might be replaced by either Prasidh Krishna or Shardul. However, Mukesh has a good chance. So, this could be the possible 15 for the new year, a new captain, and a new team.
The Announcement Awaits: Unveiling the New Team
The announcement is expected to be made this week because we have to play a series against Afghanistan from the 11th. Due to this, the announcement of the team is expected either today, tomorrow, or by Saturday-Sunday. I believe that the likely 15 I mentioned will be close to the final team.