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The Twenty 20 World Cup is nearing its end and we have already witnessed a nail-biting finish in one of the semi-finals. The match between India and New Zealand saw some crucial insights that raised the eyebrows and heartbeats of the fellow cricket enthusiasts.

India edged the semi-finals with a Harmanpreet Kaur special concocted with the Shafali Verma match winning innings at the Oval in Melbourne.

Verma got lucky after she cashed in on two dropped catches to reach 46 off 34. Her whip crack start to the innings set the initial innings to a high. Although the innings faded during the last overs, the scoreboard held enough runs to defend by the magnificent line of bowlers.

Shikha Pandey started off by taking her first wicket of the second innings, that got Suzie Bates and Devine impatient to deliver boundaries. Poonam Yadav was however fined for 18 runs in the 19th over by Amelia Kerr that made the game more intense as it was leading to a nail biting finish.

Hurricane Verma took no time to adjust to the slower Junction Oval surface from the pace of Perth. She took the half volley off to boundaries straight for six followed by another maximum at a generous full toss. The other end was not well supported till Taniya Bhatia stood strong before walking back to pavilion with a square cut off by Rosemary Mair that was grabbed by Kerr. The dropped chances made the innings of Verma more ragged before she was caught at the long-off. Jemiah Rodrigues front edged full toss provoked Kaur to hit the ball straight to the hands of Leigh Kasperek.

Kerr restricts India

The early overs of New Zealand made them lodge on spin as Devine called upon her seven bowlers to slow down India. The best of them was Kerr who surprised the opposition by her variations with skills and strategy. Her focus got her the wickets of Verma and Veda Krishnamurthy.

India started off strong with just one wicket down at 68 but were reduced to 111 for 7 before Pandey and Radha Yadav struggled between the stumps to gather some crucial runs. The team was restricted to 134 despite a strong start and New Zealand were probably confident about its chances of winning.

Slow bowling, fast exits

Indian spinners started off really slow with the pace and that helped India to put pressure on the openers to score quickly yet efficiently. The top order of New Zealand played presumptuously.  

Bates was left impatient to attack and made a pre-movement across the stumps. Deepti Sharma took advantage of the split second and NZ lost their third wicket. Devine mistimed the full toss by Poonam and was caught at the crucial stage after churning out the best of her game in the tournament.

New Zealand suffocated

Maddy Green and Katey Martin stood strong but the continuous surge of the required run rate added excitement to the much anticipated Indian crowd as they were inching close to the victory.

Fifty seven off 35 balls were required when Green decided to attack as it was the only option left. After Green walked back, Kerr delivered some magnificent insights to her batting skills as she stole 18 runs in the 19th and final over of Poonam. This  gave jitters to the crowd as the match entered its final over. Exceptionally bowled by Pandey, India finished it off in style and made way to the finals.

Qualification process of the most awaited tournament i.e. ICC Men’s T20 world cup, which will be hosted by India in 2021, is unveiled by the International cricket council (ICC). You must be eagerly waiting for the announcements. But before we come to the schedule, you must know that formerly played as ICC Champions Trophy, which was constituted of 8 teams is now replaced by T20 world cup 2021, where we will see 16 teams competing for the trophy. Of course you might be aware of this. Everyone knows it, even a 5-year child also loves and enjoys fascinating and thrilling cricket. 

So let’s get to the qualifying events for the T20 world cup 2021 for Men. Firstly eight teams will compete in 11 regional qualification matches that will be held in East Asia Pacific, America, Europe, Asia and Africa i.e. 5 ICC regions. These eight teams will play to evolve to get a seat in one or the other global qualifying matches. The remaining 8 teams, T20 world cup 2020’s bottom four teams will participate along with 4 teams ranked by T20I on 01-01-2020 (Hong Kong, Nepal, UAE, Zimbabwe) as best.

Only 12 teams will make it to the round 2 that will be held in Australia. These 12 teams will get the automatic entry card for the following year’s events. After that, the competition will go to the next level when the best teams of the world will play in 2 global qualifiers for 4 spots in the T20 world cup.

Chris Tetley, ICC head of events while talking to the media said that the decision was taken keeping in mind their commitment of global growth. Since cricket is lovable by the whole world, it is used as a vehicle to deliver the promise. He also informed that regional and global qualification tracks are well organized. It has been keenly taken care of, that despite the tight timelines, they deliver competitive and irresistible cricket.

He also said that while finalizing the criteria with Members, they have come across innumerable options. They find this approach best suited for both global and regional competitions for ICC T20 world cup 2021 for Men. Only those members are eligible for participation, who meets EPPC i.e. ICC Event Participation Criteria for the qualifying event of ICC Men’s T20 world cup 2021. ICC never fails to deliver the heart-stopping and hair-raising cricket with the best of the world in one field.

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With the beginning of the next year 2020, we are curious about what our team would look like for the T20 World Cup. 

Were you happy with how India’s last T20 World Cup campaign went? We all aren’t. But now the new concern is all about the new squad of ICC T20 World Cup 2020. Losing the opener early on a white-ball tournament can stress a lot throughout the game. And our last T20 World Cup Semi-Final campaign went like that. Though we had the home-advantage, our team didn’t achieve much from the Men in Blue. But this time we have a chance of starting everything as new. Though, India has ample time to streamline their team before the big tournament. India is scheduled to play against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, and the Asia Cup before the World Cup.

The upcoming T20 WorldCup will be held in Australia in 2020. But since the BCCI is yet to confirm the list of the final XI, you can count out these three players from your list. 

MS Dhoni

The wicketkeeper-batsman has a strike rate of 127 even at the batting number 6-position. But he cannot go on forever, and the board needs someone to take over his place. Especially with Kohli, who has already taken over in the Tests, clearly ready to take complete control of the ship.

So, also, if it breaks your heart to see the Ranchi boy walk away like that, you have to let him go. But we can surely find him play at the IPL as usual.

Dinesh Karthik

The selectors at the time of CW 19, stated that Karthik’s experience and better wicket-keeping skills could possibly give us a replacement of MS for other formats. However, with just 14 runs in 3 matches, he failed to make a mark on his spot. 

Suresh Raina

He came into around 62 T20 matches and showed his brilliant performance. If you count the number of great T20 players India has produced, you will have to put Suresh Raina above all. However, the 29-year-old is now out of form, and his contribution of 41 runs from four innings with the bat was not convincing enough to include him in the T20 format.

Likely playing XI

Openers

The pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have most centuries as an opening pair in the T2OIs. These two have shown exceptional skills in the limited over cricket and shouldn’t be left out. Rohit always tops the chart when it comes to hitting big sixes.

Number 3

We don’t have to include the name, maybe because we already know who you are thinking about. With the jersey number 18 on his back, Virat Kohli is the marked name in the Number 3 position of India’s T20 over cricket with a 52.66 average rate. His average strike rate in 5 innings is around 149, and with that in mind, you cannot replace him with any other batsman in this batting position. The Indian captain can mold an inning no matter the format.

Middle Order- Number 4

We’ve seen Rishabh’s marvelous innings in the IPL for Delhi Capitals, but when it comes to international tournaments, he has struggled to showcase his talent. The team management has already shown an abundance of faith in him, maybe because he’s young and talented. And not to forget Dinesh Karthik’s inconsistency, leaving the management with not many options for a wicketkeeper-batsman. We are likely to see Rishabh Pant or Shreyas Iyer based on the IPL performance might led into the 2020 T20 World Cup the final XI.

Number 5

We are expecting Shreyas Iyer to bat at 5. Shreyas with his limited opportunities at the international tournaments has managed to impress his fans and the management; Especially with his class performance against Bangladesh in November. Not to forget, Iyer has showcased the ability to change gears for Delhi in IPL. 

Number 6

We have seen Hardik Pandya showcasing his excellent all-rounder skills, and India needed someone like him. Pandya has the potential to change the game with both his batting and bowling. So, we would be hoping not only to see him in the squad but also igniting his considerable skills. Pandya can hit essential boundaries, and he even has a strike rate of around 150 in just 25 innings and also picks up crucial wickets. 

Number 7

Ravindra Jadeja is another all-rounder we can certainly not deny for the squad. He provides a great balance to the lower-middle order, and we have seen his skills in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. His spin bowling is great with his line and length, and indeed, he is one of the best fielders in the world. 

Number 8

Bhuvneshwar Kumar plays a crucial role in the power-play overs by swinging the new ball. His skills can be equally effective in the death-ball overs. With an economy rate of 7 in the T20 format, we cannot leave him out of the squad. 

Number 9

Deepak Chahar has impressed us a lot with his bowling skills over the past few tournaments. And based on his recent performances, we cannot think about losing him in the upcoming T20 match. The CSK bowler earned himself the man of the series award, against Bangladesh, with 8 wickets on his account. We’re expecting Chahar in the final XI.

Number 10

Yuzvendra Chahal is a wicket-taker in the format, and his spin bowling can pick up a couple of wickets when in need. So, we are not dared to count him out from the final XI list. He has a score of 52 wickets in 36 T20I matches, and with a strike rate of 16.21, he is a preferred choice for the T20 World Cup squad. 

Number 11

We had to pick him over anybody, and now he is at Number 11. Jaspreet Bumrah stands tall in both Tests and ODI rankings, making him one of the most lethal bowlers at the moment. Currently recovering from an injury, His yorker is often unplayable, and we are hoping to see him showing some magic in the upcoming tournament.

Apart from the playing XI, you can see some other young talents in the T20 World Cup squad and they include

Let’s not dodge out a gem, K L Rahul, for the opening position as well. KL Rahul, might mark his spot in the playing XI. His performance in the recent West Indies series in the absence of Shikhar can only cement his place in the team. This Naturally aggressive batsman is ranked 9th in T20I rankings.

  • Manish Pandey
  • Washington Sundar
  • Mohammed Shami
  • Sanju Samson
  • Shivam Dube
  • Kuldeep Yadav
  • Khaleel Ahmed

So, it will be interesting to see what the Indian cricket team management decides as a final team for T20 WC India. If you were willing to visit Australia, the T20 tickets are available now. Do tell us in the comments section, whom would you like to see in the playing XI.