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What is the best Indian squad for the T20 World Cup?

Virat Kohli (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)
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The T20 World Cup is almost here, and we are awaiting the announcement of the squads.

Let me give you a glance at the probable Indian squad for the T20 World Cup.

India is one of the contenders for the World Cup. Their main challenge will be facing the English and Australian teams.

Openers

Rohit Sharma
100 innings, 2773 runs, 32.62 average, 138.78 strike rate
One of the finest openers in cricket history, Rohit Sharma has been dominating white-ball cricket in recent times. He had a brilliant 2019 World Cup, scoring five hundreds. He has an impressive strike rate of 138.78. He can use the power play overs to his advantage and score valuable runs. He has a good pull shot and can dispatch short balls to the sky. Rohit has also performed well in Australian conditions, which could help as the tournament is held on Aussie soil.

India's Rohit Sharma

(Photo: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images

KL Rahul
38 innings, 1461 runs, 45.65 average, 146.10 strike rate
He is the world’s number two T20 batsman, and the top-ranked Indian in the table. KL Rahul is India’s T20 specialist. He has two hundreds to his name. He can play textbook shots and can both strike the ball and play defensively. He uses his drive to penetrate the fielding unit and across the ropes. Rohit and Rahul also opened at the 2019 World Cup and scored plenty of runs. Rohit has also expressed his wish to bat with KL Rahul.

Middle order

Virat Kohli
76 innings, 2794 runs, 50.80 average, 138.24 strike rate
Nobody plays the game better than the fearless captain Virat Kohli. With an average of above 50, he can guarantee you a splendid time watching his batting. He can shift gears quickly and go all guns blazing. He is also excellent with his field placement. With the likes of MS Dhoni and Rohit in the team, he could use the DRS wisely. When it comes to chases, Virat doesn’t like losing the game. With trademark celebrations and skill, he is a true entertainer.

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Virat Kohli.

(Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Shreyas Iyer
20 innings, 417 runs, 27.80 average, 129.50 strike rate
Shreyas is a young, thriving player to get in the middle and start playing. In the middle overs, with a mix of patience and attacking shots, he could steer the team to a high score. With just being introduced to international cricket, he has adapted superbly to the situations and is capable of playing in any batting position.

Rishabh Pant
25 innings, 410 runs, 20.50 average, 121.66 strike rate
He is a second-choice wicketkeeper behind MS Dhoni. But he can strike the ball with his sweeps and one-handed shots. With MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya, Pant can also deal some serious carnage. The bowlers could face damage. He can also keep when MS Dhoni needs some rest. With his left-handed batting, it could come in handy during the middle overs.

Wicketkeeper

MS Dhoni
84 innings, 1617 runs, 37.60 average, 126.13 strike rate
He is an Indian batting legend and captain cool. MS Dhoni is the game’s best finisher, and the faster gloveman. He holds the record for the fastest stumping of 0.08 seconds. He is that quick. Even light is slower than that. But do you know that he holds the record for the slowest stumping as well? He can play his signature helicopter shot to crack down helicopters.

All-rounder

Hardik Pandya
25 innings, 310 runs, 16.31 average, 147.61 strike rate
39 innings, 38 wickets, 25.68 average, 8.35 economy
The Indian team’s ace all-rounder Hardik Pandya can guarantee you some fireworks in the death. He can also play the helicopter shot to perfection. He could bowl in the death as well and take crucial wickets.

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Bowlers

Deepak Chahar
Ten innings, 17 wickets, 14.76 average, 7.00 economy
The latest swing sensation can swing the ball both ways in the power play along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He uses the slips wisely to scalp the crucial wickets. He holds the record for the best bowling figures: six wickets for seven runs. He also has taken a hat trick within ten matches played. He has cemented his place in the T20 side.

Kuldeep Yadav
20 innings, 39 wickets, 13.76 average, 7.11 economy
The Indian wrist spinner can confuse the batsmen with his googlies and spinners. He can take stumpings with MS Dhoni behind the wicket. Dhoni and Kuldeep have good chemistry between them, so the batsmen should not go down the crease. Kuldeep also has a five-for to his name and could come in useful in Aussie conditions.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
43 innings, 41 wickets, 26.53 average, 7.03 economy
The right-handed bowling ace can swing it both ways. Deepak Chahar and Kumar could swing it India’s way in power play overs. Bhuvneshwar is India’s most experienced bowler in the pack, and he could use his experience to deal mighty blows. The stumps should be nicely planted on the ground, or else the stumps will go flying off his bowling.

Jasprit Bumrah
49 innings, 59 wickets, 20.25 average, 6.66 economy
The world’s number one bowler holds the team’s bowling attack together. He crushes the toes of the batsmen with his spot-on yorkers. He can bowl in the death, containing runs in crucial situations. Bumrah has handed India many wins and is India’s main match winner.

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My reserves are Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya and Shivam Dube.