India’s T20 World-cup squad selection sparked a lot of debates on the selection made, and it’s the only thing that cricketing fans have been talking about. A day after that both England and South Africa have also announced their world-cup squads and there are some surprise omissions in these as well.
South Africa Squad
The South-African squad is very similar to the one that helped them win their T20 series in West Indies. The squad that’s led by Temba Bavuma has a lot of big omissions.
Reeza Hendricks and Janeman Malan were their most consistent batsmen in the series against Sri Lanka, both have not even made it to the reserves.
Shamsi and Maharaj included over Imran Tahir is a good decision. Chris Morris not in the squad is a big shocker, Rajasthan Royals paid 16.25CR for this man and he hasn’t even made the reserves. Only 3 of the existing players in the proteas squad have played the world cup before.
The biggest mistake definitely has to be the non-inclusion of ex-captain, Faf Du Plessis. He is by far their best batsman, only De-Kock comes close on quality.
He was in sublime form earlier this year in the T20s for CSK. The hundred was missed through concussion, but FAF is back to full fitness and featuring in the IPL. This decision by the South African board could cost them heavy, and I reckon they will not even make it to the knockouts.
England will be going into the tournament as favorites. They’ve had the best white-ball side for the past two years, and are known well for putting up big totals.
Stokes, Root, and Archer are a few of the big names that didn’t make it into the 15. Jofra Archer is injured and Stokes has taken an indefinite break from cricket.
Joe Root hasn’t been a part of the T20 setup and there are many options better than him. No Alex Hales in the squad, but Liam Livingston’s inclusion was a given.
Sam Billings and Tymal Mills are surprise inclusions in the squad as they’ve been very inconsistent, whenever playing for England.