5 questions that India need to answer before the 2020 T20 World Cup
The players, the coaching staff and even the fans thought that the Indian team was treading on the right path for constructing the best squad for the back-to-back T20 World Cup assignments after they won against West Indies and against South Africa in the 2nd T20I. But then they were brought back down to earth with a crushing defeat against the Proteas in the 3rd T20I.
Since then, there has been immense speculation regarding the future of MS Dhoni, the exclusion of spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal from the national setup, the form of Rishabh Pant and the future of KL Rahul.
With almost over a year and more than 20 T20 internationals to be played, the team management has enough time to find the right balance and iron out as many flaws as possible. The margins of error are very small for a tournament of the magnitude of next year's T20 World Cup Down Under, and so India need to ensure they plug the gaps everywhere.
There are a lot of questions surrounding the Indian team at the moment, more so after the semi-final exit against New Zealand at the World Cup. Here, we take a look at some of those questions that have to be answered before Virat Kohli and Co. take the field in a quest to win their second T20 World Cup.
#5 Will KL Rahul be a part of India's strongest XI?
Having lost his place to Rohit Sharma in the Test team, KL Rahul's last ray of hope of donning the Blue jersey was as a member of the T20I team since Shikhar Dhawan was obviously going to get the nod ahead of him in the ODI team (upon his return from injury).
We all know that a player of his class and talent should find a place in the Indian team. When he Rahul is in form, everyone can see that he has the ideal qualities to represent India in all the formats.
Rahul's numbers in the shortest format are remarkable. With an average exceeding 40, as well as having two centuries to his name, he has been very impressive in T20 cricket. He has been tested in the middle order as well.
But with over a year to go for the showpiece event, Rahul's future in all formats looks bleak, let alone the shortest format. For now, he will remain the backup opener, and only an injury to one of the openers can make a case for him to be selected.
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