Chairman of selectors Krishmanachari Srikkanth was not just busy singing ‘Chennai Chennai Super Kings’ here, he has a more important
task coming up.
The 15-member squad for next month’s World T20 Championship in England has to be selected, and D-day is only a couple of days away now.
Understandably, there is a buzz around the various grounds in South Africa as the cream of Indian cricket toil in IPL Season Two. Who knows which performance may have caught the eye of the wise men, who took turns to come here and watch the action.
Out of the 30 probables announced by the BCCI some time ago, 14 players have done their bit to make a case for themselves once again. Going by performances so far in the IPL, the 15th player could be RP Singh in place of Praveen Kumar.
From the 2007 squad that won the crown here in South Africa, S Sreesanth – fighting fitness problems – and Joginder Sharma – who hasn’t come up with anything exceptional so far, should go missing from the list.
The Pathan brothers should retain their place, while Munaf Patel and Pragyan Ojha will be included in all probability.
Just in case captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni decides to travel with an extra batsman, Patel could lose his spot in the team to either Virat Kohli or Abhishek Nayar.
Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, M S Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh.