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3 High Profile Players who may not be Part of India’s 2020 T20 World Cup

India’s 2020 T20 World Cup

With the build-up to the T20 World Cup next year already starting for most teams, India is also focusing on getting the lineup right. After their 50-over World Cup 2019 dreams were shattered by New Zealand in the semi-finals, the Men in Blue will look to win a major trophy with a positive and fully fit side for the 2020 T20 World Cup.

In this context, the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia may see several young players being given a chance to showcase their skills on the biggest stage of all. However, there are 3 high-profile Indian players who may not be part of the team at this mega event.

MS Dhoni – Will he? Won’t he? The rumours are intensifying about MS Dhoni’s retirement post a mixed bag in terms of performances at the 2019 ICC World Cup. Many feel that MS Dhoni may not be around at next year’s T20 World Cup. With Rishabh Pant being groomed to take over the mantle and young Turks like Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson coming up as potent T20 players, Dhoni may have played his last T20I game feel several experts. Dhoni has taken a 2 month break with Pant being given the chance to shine in his absence.

MS Dhoni Career Stats-

(Batting)

Format M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF BF SR 100s 50s
Test 90 144 16 4876 224 38.1 8249 265 59.1 6 33
ODI 350 297 84 10773 183* 50.6 12303 145 87.6 10 73
T20I 98 85 42 1617 56 37.6 1282 36 126.1 0 2

In the T20 World Cup, Dhoni has played 33 matches, notching up 529 runs at an average of 35.26 with a highest score of 45.

Wicket keeping Stats-

Format Catches Run Outs Stumpings
Test 256 3 38
ODI 321 22 123
T20I 57 8 34

In his 33 matches at the T20 World Cup, MSD has effected 11 stumpings and taken 21 catches in all.

Suresh Raina – The dashing left-hander was earlier perceived as the country’s best batsman in T20Is. He has been hugely successful for his franchise CSK (Chennai Super Kings) in the IPL over the years too. Raina is however out of the reckoning for the 2020 T20 World Cup as felt by many owing to his lack of consistency, especially at IPL 2019 (383 runs at an average of 23.50) and fitness issues. He last played T20Is for India in 2018 against England where he did not match up well to bouncers and other swinging deliveries. Raina was the country’s first batsman to notch up a century in T20Is although he is unlikely to make it to the Indian team for next year’s mega event. In the T20 World Cup, he has scored 453 runs in 26 games at an average of just over 25 and with a highest score of 101.

Suresh Raina Career Stats-

(Batting)

Format M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF BF SR 100s 50s
Test 18 31 2 768 120 26.5 1445 228 53.1 1 7
ODI 226 194 35 5615 116* 35.3 6005 107 93.5 5 36
T20I 78 66 11 1605 101 29.2 1190 60 134.9 1 5

(Bowling)

Format M Inn B Mdn Runs W BB Econ Avg SR 4W 5W
Test 18 22 1041 22 603 13 2/1 3.47 46.4 80.1 0 0
ODI 226 101 2126 5 1811 36 3/34 5.11 50.3 59.0 0 0
T20I 78 27 349 0 442 13 2/6 7.59 34.0 26.8 0 0

Raina in the T20 World Cup- 5 wickets in 26 games.

R Ashwin – Ravichandran Ashwin has been a senior statesman of the Indian team for a very long time. However, he has been dropped from the ODI team in recent years in spite of his excellent bowling figures and ability to bat well at crucial times. He is unlikely to be a starter at the 2020 T20 World Cup as opined by many since Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have already cemented their places with the third spinner’s position being taken by Ravindra Jadeja after his spectacular all-round show at the ICC World Cup 2019.

R Ashwin Career Stats-

(Bowling)

Format M Inn B Mdn Runs W BB Econ Avg SR 4W 5W
Test 65 122 18372 629 8700 342 7/59 2.84 25.4 53.7 16 26
ODI 111 109 6021 35 4937 150 4/25 4.91 32.9 40.1 1 0
T20I 46 46 1026 2 1193 52 4/8 6.97 22.9 19.7 2 0

(Batting)

Format M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF BF SR 100s 50s
Test 

2011

65 93 12 2361 124 29.1 4308 210 54.8 4 11
ODI 

2010–17

111 61 19 675 65 16.1 776 46 87.0 0 1
T20I 

2010–17

46 11 7 123 31* 30.8 115 24 107.0 0 0

T20 World Cup-

Matches- 15, Runs- 33, Highest Score- 16

Matches- 15- Wickets- 20, Best Bowling- 4/11

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