The T20 World Cup is right around the corner and with the Indian T20 League in its business end soon all the focus would move to this mega event. But fans from some countries would be wondering why players like Sunil Narine or du Plessis for that matter who are in excellent form in the Indian T20 League won’t be turning up in the colours of their respective countries to play in the World Cup.
Here we are looking at five such players who would be dearly missed in the upcoming T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman.
SUNIL NARINE (West Indies)
In the recent Eliminator match between Team Kolkata and Bangalore, Sunil Narine showed why he is still one of the most valuable players in the T20 format. He produced one of the best individual performances of the season but still, it doesn’t seem to be enough for him to book a place in the current Windies squad for the World Cup. It is baffling to understand how on fitness criteria can you not select someone of Narine’s quality. He surely would be missed in this campaign as the Windies attempt to defend their crown.
FAF DU PLESSIS (South Africa)
South African cricket has gone through a turbulent period recently and their leader Faf du Plessis has been one of the missing figures from their T20 squad. Even though de Plessis made himself available for selection for this World Cup, still du Plessis has been overlooked. Du Plessis is the fourth-highest run-getter from this season’s Indian T20 League and his team has reached the final of the competition. Surely the Proteas could have done with his experience and form in an event of such magnitude.
AB DE VILLIERS (South Africa)
Sticking with South African cricket, this story always comes up before any ICC tournament, should Cricket South Africa recall AB de Villiers from retirement for just a tournament? Many have believed that it is a no brainer and having someone of de Villiers’ calibre can only improve your chances of winning the tournament but others have felt that it would be unfair for the players who are playing year long for that one spot in the squad. Anyway, Cricket South Africa seems to echo the beliefs of the latter and fans wouldn’t be able to witness any AB magic in this T20 World Cup.
SAM CURRAN (England)
Sam Curran was originally named in the 15-man English squad for the World Cup but the all-rounder suffered an unfortunate lower back injury during this second leg of the Indian T20 League. His brother Tom Curran has been named as his replacement as the World Cup would come too early for Sam to recover.
YUZVENDRA CHAHAL (India)
One would believe that if your country’s highest wicket-taker in the format is fit and well before a major tournament then they’d be one of the first names on the team sheet. Sadly, that isn’t the case with India’s leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Even though Chahal came back like a champion bowler in this second leg of the Indian T20 League, still his exploits haven’t been deemed enough for a spot in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup.
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