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Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chairman Sourav Ganguly said the real preparation for the T20 World Cup came from the England tour. The home series with South Africa and the tour of Ireland is just an experiment. For the England tour, only potential World Cup players will be included in the squad.

Ganguly said in a newspaper interview that head coach Rahul Dravid and selectors will select the probables for the T20 World Cup in the squad for the tour of England. Rahul Dravid and his team, selected for the T20’s five-game home series against South Africa and then the tour to Ireland, experimented with keeping this in mind. Young players have been included in this series and they are given a chance.

In fact, the senior players have been rested for the five-game T20 series with South Africa. Regular captain Rohit Sharma, former captain Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah were not part of the squad for this series. Meanwhile, KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav were dropped from the series due to injuries. In the series against South Africa where Rishabh Pant is captain. At the same time, Hardik Pandya was named as the Series 2 T20 captain on the Irish tour.

A chance for young players in a home series against South Africa
The young players had their chance in the home series against South Africa. Young players like Ishaan Kishan, Rituraj Gaikwad, Ravi Bishnoi are part of the team. Meanwhile, Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh who performed brilliantly in the IPL secured a spot in the team for the first time. Players like Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik came back to the team based on their performances in the IPL.

Pandya was short of squad after the T20 World Cup held in October last year. Meanwhile, Karthik played his last international match in 2019. Both Karthik and Pandya performed great in the IPL and they returned to the team. At the same time, Suryakumar and Sanju Samshan returned to the squad for the Tour of Ireland. While Rahul Tripathi joins the squad for the first time.

Ishaan, Rituraj, Pandya, Avesh and Karthik performed brilliantly
In the series against South Africa, Ishan Kishan and Rituraj Gaikwad gave the team a good start in the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. In this series against South Africa, Rituraj scored 86 points at an average of 21.50 in 4 games. At the same time, his strike rate is 140.98. Gaikwad also marked his first international T20 half-century in the same series. Meanwhile, Ishan Kishan has scored 191 points in 4 games in this series at an impressive average of 47.75. At the same time, his strike rate was 146.92.

Dinesh Karthik works wonders as the finisher. He scored 92 runs in 4 games in the series at an average of 46. At the same time, his hitting was 158.62. Hardik Pandya scored 117 points in 4 games in the series at a strike rate of 153.94.

It could be difficult for Pant and Shreyas Iyer
Rohit, Kohli, Rahul and Jadeja will be back for the UK tour. At the same time, Bumrah and Shami will also be in the team. In such a situation, it can be difficult for Pant and Shreyas Iyer. Because her performance on the South Africa tour wasn’t special. Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah are set to be included as fast bowlers for England’s T20 3-match series. In such a situation, there will be a fierce fight between Deepak Chahar and Avesh Khan as the fourth pitcher.

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