T20 World Cup: Ex-selector MSK Prasad disappointed to see Shikhar Dhawan miss out on India’s squad – Team India’s T20 World Cup squad is a much-debated topic in cricketing circles after the selectors made a few surprises calls. Ravichandran Ashwin returned to white-ball cricket after four years, while Yuzvendra Chahal was omitted from the squad in favour of Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar. However, the exclusion of Shikhar Dhawan came as surprise to many, including former Indian selector MSK Prasad.
Speaking to Sports Tak, MSK Prasad has named two players whom he feels should have been in India’s T20 World Cup squad. One name that is on top of Prasad’s list is that of Shikhar Dhawan. At 35, Dhawan has found another gear and has been amongst the leading run-scorers in the IPL over the years, and his record in ICC tournaments speaks for itself.
Prasad said, “Personally, I felt that maybe since this is a major event, someone like Shikhar Dhawan could have really been brought. Considering the fact that he has always done well in ICC tournaments. And he got back-to-back centuries in the IPL so he is in perfect form. I think he could have been more useful for the side.”
T20 World Cup: MSK Prasad revealed that Krunal Pandya was another player he would have included and admitted that his selection committee had been grooming the player over the past few years. Prasad added, “Similarly, Krunal Pandya too. We had groomed him for the last 3-4 years in the T20 format. He’s been doing well for the Mumbai Indians so these are the two names. I felt that these are the two guys who could have fitted in.”
Nonetheless, Prasad feels the current committee of Indian selectors led by Chetan Sharma did a good job while picking India’s final 15. “You can definitely rate them 8-9 out of 10. They’ve tried to cover all bases and they have gone in predominantly with a frame of mind that it will be more of spin-friendly wickets. That’s the reason we have 4-5 spinners in the squad. Selectors will see from every angle… they will definitely not go into one direction,” Prasad told Sports Tak.