As expected, the Bangladesh vs Scotland match provided evidence that spin will play an important role in the T20 World Cup. In the opening day game in Muscat, Chris Greaves starred in Scotland with the quick spin of him.
He eliminated the experienced Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim just as Bangladesh was beginning to gain ground in their hunt. He was well supported by left-arm spinner Mark Watt with numbers 4-0-19-1. Spinners also dominated Scottish entries, taking five of the top six wickets.
Bangladesh affiliate Mahedi Hasan took 3/19 in his four overs. Shakib produced a double-wicket that took him to the top of the T20I wicket-taking charts. The left-arm spinner count is now 108, one more than former Sri Lankan pacemaker Lasith Malinga.
Due to the heat factor and dry surfaces in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, experts believe that spinners will dominate the tournament.
India expects exactly this kind of script on slow pitches and has also started off with a high-spin attack composed of seasoned Ravindra Jadeja and R. Ashwin, exciting Varun Chakravarthy, and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar.
In their original list, they had selected up to five weirdos. Even if Axar Patel has now been replaced by the Shardul Thakur fast-bowling all-rounder, there are still enough options for Captain Virat Kohli.
In his column for ICC, Suresh Raina, who played for CSK in the just-concluded season, picked Chakravarthy as the bowler to watch out for. “My experience in the IPL was that the wickets in UAE and Oman will be very, very challenging when it comes to the mystery spinners,” Raina wrote. “That makes Varun Chakravarthy the main guy in the India bowling attack. He has shown he can exploit the pace of the pitches. Varun has only played three T20Is but I’m not concerned by lack of experience.”
The main layer of the attacking spinner could fall on Chakravarthy, who in this role for KKR has shown great joy, aggressiveness, and bravery.
“I am very impressed with him,” Singh said. “Whatever I have seen of him in the last two years, I have liked it because he has got a fantastic attitude. He stays calm in all kinds of situations. If he gets a wicket or he gets hit for a six, the expression is the same. That gives him the extra edge, that he doesn’t get edgy at any stage. I am only worried about his fitness. I only hope he doesn’t collapse in the middle of the season.”
India plays its group matches at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. During the IPL, the launch did not offer the same help as in Sharjah, but the larger dimension of the floor means that spinners can attack with hearts.
Ashwin in the mix
The difference between an IPL and an international team. Is that the IPL team can select players based on the match. But between Ashwin, Jadeja, Chakravarthy, and Chahar. India has the option of choosing four bowlers who differ in their skills. Giving the captain more fighting opportunities.
Ashwin may not have had a great IPL season. And it was an unlikely choice as he hasn’t played for the T20s with India in four years. But his vast experience could make a big difference. He played the last three T20 World Cups. His economy rate at the 2012 World Cup was six (five wickets).
The defending champion of the West Indies has decided not to attend the event. Without his star player Sunil Narine and is trusting rookie player Hayden Walsh.
It in one of the biggest games of the tournament. The India-Pakistan draw, which opens the tournament for both teams. Pakistan is likely to use Shadab Khan. A madman who spins his leg with some big fake nonsense, and the veteran spinner left arm Imad Wasim.
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