Shardul Thakur replaces Axar Patel in India’s final T20 World Cup lineup of 15 players

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Shardul Thakur
Source: BCCI

With fewer than four days to the commencement of the T20 World Cup 2021, India has made alterations to their roster in preparation for the mega event. Notably, a few big names were left off the BCCI’s 15-man and reserve players’ list, which was released a month before. However, the revival of the Indian Premier League 2021 compelled India’s premier cricket board to evaluate the roster and make any necessary modifications. Shardul Thakur replaces Axar Patel in India’s final T20 World Cup lineup of 15 players

Hardik Pandya and Varun Chakravarthy were among the other players being investigated. While Hardik did not bowl in the entire IPL 2021 because he is rehabilitating from a back injury, Chakravarthy too has knee problems. Meanwhile, many people were speculating about Yuzvendra Chahal’s return. Contrary to popular belief, a surprise change has occurred in the amended Indian roster, with Shardul Thakur replacing Axar Patel in the 15-man squad. The left-handed orthodox pitcher, who was previously on the main team, has been demoted to the reserves.

The following is the updated Indian roster for the T20 World Cup:

Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami

Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, and Axar Patel are on the bench

Meanwhile, a few new players have been added to help Team India prepare for the games at the international event. The names are Avesh Khan, Umran Malik, Harshal Patel, Lukman Meriwala, Venkatesh Iyer, Karn Sharma, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Krishnappa Gowtham.

MI’s demise benefits Team India

Six Mumbai Indians players – Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar, and Jasprit Bumrah – have been included in the revamped Indian squad for the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman. Given that the IPL 2021 closes on October 15, there was only a short window for the World Cup-bound players to rest. India is scheduled to play Pakistan in the tournament’s main event on October 24, but MI’s demise ensured that at least those five IPL players would have an extra week to recover and prepare for the mega event.

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