IPL 2021 – Halfway stage – How are India’s T20 World Cup probables performing so far?- The IPL 2021 is near its halfway mark, it is almost certain that MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings, Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals will feature in the play-offs. However, the race for fourth place, as always will be very interesting. Other than the team battle, there are many mini battles going on in IPL 2021, as some youngsters, as well as some veterans, are trying to get their tickets booked for the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled later this year.
In this article, InsideSport will have a look at India’s T20 World Cup probables in IPL 2021.
— Navdeep Saini (@navdeepsaini96) May 3, 2021
In IPL 2021, Navdeep Saini has played just one game for RCB. Virat either went for a proper all-rounder or a proper batsman in the playing XI. In the only match that Navdeep has played so far, he bowled just two overs and failed to take a single wicket. The right-arm pacer leaked runs at an economy of over 13. If he is to catch that bus to T20 World Cup Saini will have to pull up his socks.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) February 14, 2021
Rahul Tewatia took the world by storm in IPL 2020, where he emerged as a finisher for the Rajasthan Royals. However, the all-rounder is yet to have any positive impact in IPL 2021. It’s high time for Rahul to improve his bowling perfomance as RR has Shreyas Gopal warming the bench. Rahul was included in the Indian team for the T20I series against England this year. Rahul will also need to deliver to have any chance of making it into the Indian team.
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 2, 2021
Team India veteran Shikhar Dhawan, who was in a direct race for the opening spot with KL Rahul secured his place in Team India by smashing his highest tally of score in IPL history. In IPL 2020 Dhawan was the second-highest run-scorer with 618 runs under his belt. This year as well Dhawan is in the race for Orange Cap. After eight games he is leading the chart with 380 runs in IPL 2021. With two back to back extraordinary IPL seasons, it is most likely that the southpaw will be there in Team India for the T20 WC.
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2021
Prithvi Shaw was not picked for the limited-overs series against England even after having an excellent Syed Mushtaq Ali and Vijay Hazare Trophy. Shaw had scored tons of runs in the domestic leagues yet he was sidelined by the BCCI. This gave Shaw an all-new level of motivation to better his stats at IPL 2021. Shaw has been consistent in this year’s IPL backed by a strike rate of 187.39. There is very little chance for Shaw to make it into Team India with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and backup opener KL Rahul delivering at the international level. However, if he continues to showcase his skills like this it will be very hard for BCCI selectors to ignore him.
— Sanju Samson (@IamSanjuSamson) March 20, 2021
Newly appointed Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson kick start the IPL 2021 with a bang when he scored an outstanding 119 while chasing 222. After that innings, he went through a quiet patch but he has returned to form with three back to back 40-plus scores. However Samson he standing no way near getting a chance as a backup wicket-keeper in India’s T20 squad as Rishabh Pant has turned the tables upside down while Ishan Kishan made most of his debut series against England.
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Many cricket experts like Gautam Gambhir and Aakash Chopra have suggested that R Ashwin should be in India’s T20 team for the 2020 T20 World Cup. However, Ashwin’s recent stats in IPL 2021 are no way near outstanding. The off-spinner has just picked 1 wicket in five games at an acceptable economy of 7.73. And as we know now Ashwin stepped out of the bio-bubble to help his family fight COVID. Taking into consideration his form and his absence from IPL 2021, it will be a big surprise if the BCCI team mangement turn towards Ashwin for T20 WC.
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) April 16, 2021
Mumbai Indian’s talisman Suryakumar Yadav had a breakthrough season last year where he scored over 480 runs at an average of 40.00. However, so far he has failed to continue on the same path this year with just 173 runs with a below-par average of 24.27. With Shreyas Iyer injured Suryakumar Yadav has a clear shot at replacing him in Team India at number 4. However, SKY will have to do better than this and Iyer will have to stay unfit if that happens.
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— Ishan Kishan (@ishankishan51) March 14, 2021
Ishan Kishan, who was the leading six-hitter in IPL 2020, is yet to show any glimpse of form in IPL 2021. To add to his troubles, after few low scorers the southpaw has lost his number four spot as well. Currently, Krunal Pandya is batting at that number for the defending champions. Ishan is BCCI’s newest choice as backup wicket-keeper at this time but if he wishes to continue to be in the good books he must deliver in IPL 2021.
— Rahul Chahar (@rdchahar1) April 13, 2021
With 11 wickets in seven games, Rahul Chahar is at his very best in IPL 2021. Rahul, who recently made his international debut in series against England, is bowling with an economy of 7.21. Kuldeep Yadav is out of KKR’s bowling lineup and Yuvjvendra Chahal is going through a bad patch, these scenarios have to increase Rahul’s chances of continuing as India’s lead wrist spinner.
— Deepak chahar 🇮🇳 (@deepak_chahar9) April 18, 2021
Deepak Chahar, who has a T20 hat-trick under his name, has rediscovered himself in IPL 2021. Deepak was India’s lead T20 bowler a few months back and was almost certain in India’s T20 team. However, with the likes of T. Natarajan and Bhuwaneshwar Kumar performing at the international level road back to Team India is going to be a tough one for the youngster. In seven matches so far in IPL 2021, MS Dhoni’s powerplay bowler, Deepak has picked 8 wickets but has been expensive (ECO – 8.04)
If you ask any RCB fan who should be India’s lead pacer in T20 WC, he/she would probably take Harshal Patel’s name. The speedster, who shifted to RCB from DC, has rediscovered himself. Harshal is currently leading the highest wicket-taker chart with 17 wickets under his belt in IPL 2021. If he continues to deliver with the ball for RCB, it is most likely that Indian captain Virat Kohli will have him on board for the mega event later this year.