Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), announced  the Indian squad for the upcoming T20I series against West Indies

the 15 player is as follows for T2o

Hardik Pandya (C), Surya Kumar Yadav (VC), Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Sanju Samson (wk), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar.

One the major change is Virat Kohli, this is fourth consecutive time he has been left out of India’s T20 series. Rahul Dravid was talking about regulating the workload of specific players like Kohli and Rohit Sharma. It no longer appears to be a workload-related exclusion, although. It appears that India has made the decision to move on and drop Kohli out of the T20I Match

Virat Kohli will be excluded from the T20I lineup: Justification or excessive?

the best known for T20 player played his last match , icc T20 world cup last year.

India suffered a humiliating 10-wicket loss in their semi-final match against England. It was  Kohli who scored a half-century in that match.

He had score fantastic run  before semi-final in which he scored 3 fifties in five games. With 296 runs scored in six games at an incredible average of 98.67, he was the leading run-scorer.

He undoubtedly played one of the finest knocks in T20I cricket history in India’s opening match of the season against bitter rival Pakistan. In front of a raucous Melbourne crowd, the batter scored an incredible 82 from a position of 31-4 while chasing 160.

He also played well against Bangladesh and the Netherlands, with an unbeaten 62 and 64 scores, respectively.

It is amazing to think that Kohli was entirely benched after such a campaign. However, the Indian management must also have a justification.

Despite how excellent Kohli was, there has always been discussion about his strike rates. There aren’t many players who can accelerate as quickly as he can after turning 50, but his propensity to start slowly or slow down after the powerplay frequently gives the impression.

He  managed to strike at 150 or more once in his six games at the T20 World Cup last year. On two occasions, he had a strike rate of less than 110, and he only twice had a strike rate of more than 140.

Is there space for anchors in the current T20 cricket landscape?

There has been much discussion on the function of anchors in T20 cricket. Holding one end during a collapse or playing a bowler out in great rhythm are acceptable strategies, but squandering valuable deliveries under normal conditions is unacceptable.

Today’s deep batting lineups make Kohli’s strike rates questionable. He had a fantastic tournament and scored a tonne of runs, but at average strike rates by today’s T20 cricket power hitting standards.

So it makes sense that India would want to give the younger hitters an opportunity to showcase their explosiveness higher up the order. But it doesn’t seem proper to fully exclude an all-time great from consideration.

One interesting finding is that during the campaign, he had a strike rate of less than 115 against spin. One of the reasons India is eager to move on and find true power-hitters who can attack both pacers and spinners in all phases of the game may be due to this obvious deficiency.

Whatever the reasoning, he certainly merited a second opportunity in the national team given the kind of IPL season he had. A player of his Caliber and fitness can undoubtedly adjust his style of play to the needs of the team. Therefore, it might be argued that Virat Kohli has been treated unfairly by India.

Rohit Sharma is another notable absentee.

Rohit Sharma’s exclusion was another noteworthy one. Like Kohli, he played his final T20I against England in the T20 World Cup.

Since the competition, Hardik Pandya has continuously been the captain of India’s T20I team. After Rohit’s disappointing IPL season, where he averaged just over 20, his comeback appears less likely. Hardik, who has led Gujarat Titans to two seasons of unprecedented success, may be the new T20I captain for India.

Tilak Varma and Yashasvi Jaiswal received their first calls to the national team as a result of outstanding IPL performances over the past several seasons, particularly the 2023 season.

Unfairly, Rinku Singh was left from India’s T20I roster. He completed the chase against Gujarat Titans by hitting five sixes in the final over, pulling off the seemingly impossible. He also regularly saved his team with outstanding efforts. He struck out at almost 150 while averaging close to 60.

Beginning on August 3, 2023, West Indies and India will play a T20I series. Five Twenty20 Internationals will be contested in total, with the first one taking place in Trinidad at Queen’s Park Oval.

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