India coach Rahul Dravid has challenged those players on the sidelines of selection for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup to be held in Australia later this year.
While the start of the 20-over performance is still more than three months away, India still have many unanswered questions regarding the makeup of their final 15-player squad for this year’s tournament.
With veteran campaigners Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and KL Rahul either rested or injured for the recently completed T20I series against South Africa, many fringe artists have put their best foot forward during the five-match series. Opportunity to increase was given. It ended in a draw of two games each.
The quartet is almost certain to be in India’s squad to travel to Australia in early October for the four-week-long tournament, but there are still several spots open for the rest of India’s touring party.
India still have matches to play before flying to Australia, with matches against Ireland (two), England (three), West Indies (five) and Australia (three) scheduled between now and the start of the tournament on 16 October. For at least 13 T20Is. ,
And Dravid wants his fringe players to perform during those warm-up matches to ensure that they make their case for selection.
“I was telling people they had to knock on the door,” Dravid said after rain tarnished India’s chances of winning the five-match series against South Africa on Sunday.
“It’s not about knocking on the door, they have to start banging the door.
“We’re going to start finalizing that team as soon as possible.
“Whether it will be in the next series or the series after that is hard to say, but we definitely want to do it as soon as possible.”
Veteran seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was adjudged the player of the series against South Africa for six wickets at an average of just 14, while young left-armer Ishan Kishan took his case as the leading run-scorer with 206 runs from five innings. . Top of India’s batting order.
Veteran campaigner Dinesh Karthik also showed glimpses in his designated role at the end of an innings with a scintillating half-century in Rajkot and two unbeaten knocks during the series, which caught Dravid’s attention.
“He (Karthik) has been selected for a very specific skill set and he has been selected on the basis of performing particularly well in the last two or three years,” Dravid said.
He said, “It almost completely came together for us in that game in Rajkot when we needed that big performance in the last five overs to level up.
“He and Hardik (Pandya) batted beautifully for us and they are both our enforcers at the end and guys who can redeem the last five or six overs as well as anyone in the world.
He said, “It was really nice to see Kartik landing and doing what he has been chosen to do and it certainly opens up a lot of options for us going forward.
“That kind of innings means he’s definitely going to be knocking very hard.”
Teams for the World Cup will need to be finalized by early October and Dravid said he is starting to form a picture in his mind of what he wants his touring party to look like.
“As you get closer to events, you want to be able to finalize your final squad as quickly as possible,” Dravid said.
“We can only take 15 in the World Cup, but you want your top 18 or 20 players to be[picked]… and that you are clear on that and what kind of team you want to take in the World Cup “