T20 World Cup: 5 Indian players to watch out for | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: After a hiatus of more than five years, the T20 World Cup is here to enthrall cricketing fans across the globe. The seventh edition of the T20 World Cup which was set to take place in India, is now being played in the UAE and Oman.
The tournament is the first ICC cricket event that is being played since the Covid-19 pandemic struck and its surge in India forced the BCCI to shift the event out of India.
Ahead of India’s opening clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24, TOI Sports picks out five Indian players who are likely to make an impact in the event.
Virat Kohli

Having already proved his mettle in the past three editions of the T20 World Cups, Indian skipper Virat Kohli will once again be the cynosure of all eyes when he leads India for the last time in a World Cup of the shortest format. Kohli’s record in the showpiece event makes him the top Indian player to watch out for at the World Cup. The 32-year-old Kohli has so far scored 777 runs in the 16 matches with a mind boggling average of 86.33. He has also been crowned the Player of the Tournament at each of the past two editions. Kohli also holds the record of being the highest run-getter in T20 Internationals overall with 3159 runs in 90 games. He might own a plethora of records with the bat, but winning a senior ICC trophy still remains a dream for him. Kohli, who will step down as India’s T20 captain at the end of the tournament, will have one last shot at T20 World Cup glory as India captain.
Rohit Sharma

Team India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma is all set to become the first Indian player to play all seven editions of the T20 World Cup since its inception in 2007. Rohit burst onto the international scene during the 2007 inaugural T20 World Cup and has been part of all six World Cups since then. The right-handed batsman has played 28 T20 WC games for India scoring 673 runs at an average of 39.58. The 34-year-old Rohit sits third on the list of the highest T20I run-getters with 2864 runs in 111 matches. He also has four hundreds to his name – the most by any batsman in T20Is. Swashbuckling opener Rohit has always been a go-to man for his team in big ticket tournaments. Rohit is now widely tipped to be Kohli’s successor as Indian T20 captain and will also be key to the team’s chances for a second T20 World Cup title.
Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah will spearhead India’s T20 attack for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak at the upcoming World Cup. Bumrah has not been a part of India’s T20 team since then due to workload management. It will be his second T20 World Cup appearance, having played in the 2016 T20 World Cup. He has taken four wickets in five matches at an economy rate of 7.65 and an average of 38.25 IN this tournament. Bumrah has been in phenomenal form, finishing IPL 2021 as the third highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps in 14 matches. The 27-year-old pacer has scalped 59 wickets in 50 games at an impressive economy rate of 6.67. He is India’s second-highest wicket-taker in T20Is overall after Yuzvendra Chahal. His unorthodox bowling action and express pace help him trouble most batsmen. Bumrah has mastered the art of producing yorkers at will and that could well prove to be his best source of wickets on UAE’s largely spin-friendly pitches.
Rishabh Pant

This will be the first ICC tournament since 2006 in which India will not have MS Dhoni as their wicketkeeper. Rishabh Pant will have big shoes to fill going into his maiden T20 World Cup. The 24-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has shown tremendous improvement in the past and emerged as a batting mainstay for India, across formats. Pant has played 33 T20Is and made 512 runs. He will be expected to take on the finisher’s role in the T20 World Cup. Pant also had a good outing in the recently-concluded IPL 2021, scoring 419 runs in 16 matches at an average of 34.91.
Varun Chakravarthy

Varun Chakravarthy could well be one of the big match winners for India in this edition of the T20 World Cup. The mystery spinner is expected to play a key role for India in his maiden T20 World Cup appearance. Varun can make the best batsmen dance to his extra bounce and unpredictable angles. He had a good outing in the IPL with 18 wickets in 17 games at a very good economy rate of 6.58. The 30-year-old Varun has featured in three T20Is for India so far and taken two wickets. In the UAE leg of IPL 2021, Varun was one of KKR’s best and most effective weapons and captain Kohli and mentor MS Dhoni would have definitely made note of that.

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