Former India wicket-keeper batsman Saba Karim has picked his India’s squad for the T20 World Cup. Karim has left out Yuzvendra Chahal in the squad, who has been struggling with his form. However, the leg-spinner had done a decent job in the recent series against Sri Lanka.
Karim also didn’t pick Prithvi Shaw and Mohammed Shami in his squad whereas the former Indian player selected Washington Sundar in the squad. The former gloveman added that the selectors will give more weightage to players who are currently playing in England, which is India’s main team.
Saba Karim said while talking to India News, “The team that was chosen by the selectors for the series against England, there were around 17 players there, I have started choosing my team from there. The players who performed well there and have not got an opportunity on the Sri Lanka tour because they were in England, you don’t have any excuse to keep them out.”
“There should be consistency in selection. Because of that, I have kept Washington Sundar in my team. I feel that with the matches happening in the UAE, you will need an off-spinner there and he is kind of an all-rounder.”
Along with Washington Sundar, Saba Karim has picked Rahul Chahar. Karim feels the leg-spinner is a match winner and the spinner from Rajasthan has impressed with his skills in his young International career.
“Along with him, I have kept Rahul Chahar because I feel he is an attacking bowler, a wicket-taking bowler, a match-winner. And I am still keeping Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the team because I feel his form is coming back and he will be very essential for the Indian team.”
Karim picked Shreyas Iyer, who hasn’t played competitive cricket since he suffered a shoulder injury in the series against England and was ruled out of the first phase of IPL. However, Iyer is expected to return back to action in the IPL.
“I have kept Shreyas Iyer because he was also in the team which had played against England and his performance was quite good there. He couldn’t play the IPL this year but his performance in the IPL was quite good last year. So, there has to be a basis to keep him out of the team.”
Saba Karim’s Indian squad for the T20 World Cup: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar