Why Prithvi Shaw is not selected in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?

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Why Prithvi Shaw is not selected in India's T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?
Why Prithvi Shaw is not selected in India's T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced India’s squad for the T20 World Cup on September 9. The upcoming tournament will start from October 17 in the Oman and the UAE. As expected, there were plenty of surprises in the squad announced by the selectors. There were some surprises inclusions as well as some exclusions. The biggest of them all was the addition of MS Dhoni to Ravi Shastri-led support staff as mentor of the team. R Ashwin was the name that no one expected. Experienced players like Shikhar Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal were left out of the squad. Prithvi Shaw T20 World Cup omission is a great setback for his fans. Although, his name was not expected by experts in the squad but still his fans might want to know why Prithvi Shaw is not selected in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad.

Prithvi Shaw T20 World Cup
Prithvi Shaw T20 World Cup

Both openers of Delhi Capitals, Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan failed to get a place in the Indian squad for T20 World Cup 2021. Dhawan’s omission is very surprising in comparison to Prithvi Shaw’s omission. Shaw has made a comeback after his failure in Australia. He has been excellent for Delhi Capitals in the first leg of IPL 2021. Although Shaw was not much in contention for selectors but he still had an outside chance considering his good form.

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India T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

India T20 World Cup 2021 Squad
India T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), 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, Mohammad Shami

Standby players – Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.

Why Prithvi Shaw is not selected in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?

Prithvi Shaw was not selected in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad because there are plenty of options at the opening spot. The likes of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli are already in the team as openers. Therefore, there was hardly any chance for Prithvi Shaw to make a cut in the squad. Even if the selectors decided to pick another backup opener then they would have gone for veteran Shikhar Dhawan.

Tough competition for the opening spot
Tough competition for the opening spot

The strike rate of Shaw has taken a huge step forward in IPL 2021. He has scored 308 runs from 8 innings at a strike rate above 166 in the first phase of IPL 2021. However, he will have to wait to get an entry in the Indian squad. Shaw’s big-hitting skills and his aggressive attitude against the bowlers could have helped India in the big tournament. Prithvi Shaw also performed good in the Sri Lanka tour. The right-handed batsman scored 43 and 49 in the 1st and 3rd ODI.

It is unfortunate that cricket fans will not see Prithvi Shaw in T20 World Cup this year.

 

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