Fans on Twitter rejoice at Shardul Thakur’s addition to team India
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The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday the only change to the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, with Shardul Thakur replacing Axar Patel in the main squad. Patel, a left-armed spinner, has now joined Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Chahar in the reserves.
The addition of Shardul Thakur is being seen as a back-up for all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who hasn’t bowled in months and has been plagued with constant fitness issues. The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) off-roader, on the other hand, has been at its best at the ongoing 2021 IPL, having already grabbed 18 wickets averaging 27.17. His hitting ability is now beyond suspicion after the recent India-England Test series.
Meanwhile, Axar Patel seems to have received the ax because he had little chance of entering the game XI with Ravindra Jadeja also available in the team. It’s still unfortunate for the Delhi Capitals (DC) all-rounder as it is in brilliant shape – 15 plots at IPL 2021 at an average of 18.27 and an economy rate of 6.52.
In reaction to the announcement, while most fans rejoiced at the inclusion of their beloved ‘Lord’ Shardul Thakur (all with hilarious memes), some also questioned the team’s persistence with Ravichandran Ashwin and the absence of Yuzvendra Chahal despite of the duo’s recent contrasting forms. The following are the best reactions:
Does Yuzvendra Chahal deserve a spot on the Indian team?
Yuzvendra Chahal’s absence is being questioned due to his impressive form for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at IPL 2021. The 31-year-old averaged 20.78 for his 18 wickets this season, constantly pestering hitters in the middle and keeping the economy rate on check at 7.06.
Meanwhile, Rahul Chahar, who was part of the preliminary squad and has held his place, lost his form in the second half of the IPL season. He picked up just two wickets in four games in the United Arab Emirates and was soon eliminated from the Mumbai Indians (MI) team as well. It will be interesting to see if the youngster can come back and justify his endorsement on the bigger stage.
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