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Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was on Wednesday included in India's 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup alongside Ishan Kishan, Axar Patel and Varun Chakaravarthy. Meanwhile, in a surprise move, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has brought in country's iconic captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as mentor for Team India for ICC T20 WC 2021.
The 34-year-old Ashwin last played white-ball cricket for India in 2017 before being sidelined from one-day cricket following the Champions Trophy.
However, he kept performing in the IPL besides leading India's spin attack in Test cricket.
Kishan and Chakaravarthy have been rewarded for their consistent performance in the IPL and the few opportunities they got with the Indian team. Also making the squad was Suryakumar Yadav, the 30-year-old Mumbai batsman who has been making a name for himself for his power-hitting.
Talking about the squad, chief selector Chetan Sharma said: "Ashwin is an asset. He performed well in the IPL and we needed a player of his experience.
We need an off-spinner with Washington (Sundar) injured.
Dhoni appointed as Team India mentor for ICC T20 World Cup 2021
Iconic former captain MS Dhoni was brought in as mentor of India's 15-member T20 World Cup squad by the BCCI, a move that took everyone by surprise.
"Former India Captain MS Dhoni to mentor the team for the T20 World Cup," announced BCCI secretary Jay Shah in a press conference to unveil the squad for the event scheduled to start October 17 in the UAE and Oman. "(I) spoke to him in Dubai. He agreed to be mentor for WT20 only and I discussed with my colleagues and all are on same page. I spoke to captain (Virat Kohli) and vice captain (Rohit Shamra) and everyone agreed," he added.
It is believed that he has brought for his experience in devising white ball strategy and also knowing how to win crucial ICC tournaments which has not been the case with his successor. Dhoni's acheivement as captain of Team India
One of the most successful captains in the history of Indian cricket, the enigmatic wicketkeeper-batsman led India to two world titles -- the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 ODI World Cup in India.
Iyer has, however, made the standbys list along with Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar. Thakur has been in tremendous form and has already produced eye-catching performances in the ongoing Test series against England. India vs Pakistan T20 cricket match date
India will open their T20 World Cup campaign on October 24 by taking on arch-rivals Pakistan.
India full squad for T20 WC
Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami. Reserve players: Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.India squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Photo: @BCCI
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First Published: Wed, September 08 2021. 21:27 IST