Yuzvendra Chahal is all set to participate in the 20-20 World Cup for the first time and the team led by Rohit Sharma have boarded the flight to Australia. Ahead of the tournament, Dhanashree Verma, Chahal’s wife penned an emotional note on her Instagram account.
Posting a picture of herself and Chahal, Dhanashree said that it was unbelievable and hoped the best for the Indian team.
“Sending best wishes to the team. Unbelievable, overwhelming feeling,” Dhanashree wrote on her Instagram account.
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India to face Pakistan in the opener
With regards to the Indian team, they will face Pakistan in the upcoming mega tournament. Rohit Sharma and his men will face Pakistan in the first match on October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Men in Blue will face the Babar Azam-led side after winning the T20I series against South Africa.
However, the team will have a lot of concerns to address going into the tournament. Commenting on their recent 2-1 result against South Africa, Rohit Sharma said in the post-match interview that irrespective of the result, “there was always room for improvement”.
Further, the skipper said that they “need to find a bowler who has the experience of bowling in Australia” and highlighted the lack of experience in the Indian pace attack.
“Lot of the guys haven’t been to Australia, that’s why we are going there early. We want to play on the bouncy pitches of Perth, we want to see what we can do there. Only 7,8 members of the squad have been to Australia, so we have organised a few practice games,” said Rohit further.
India will participate in the tournament in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, the lead pacer. The selectors are yet to name the replacement for the injured pace spearhead.
Pakistan, on the other hand, will enter the tournament after competing in a tri-series against New Zealand alongside Bangladesh. Men in Green’s recent outing against England ended with a 4-3 defeat and the team would look to turn things around in the tri-series and the 20-20 World Cup, thereafter.