Debasis Sen: Former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengasrkar is very impressed with Chennai Super Kings batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad. Vengasrkar, who made a brief visit to Kolkata for the T20 World Cup trophy tour, said selectors should think about choosing the Maharashtra batsman in the World Cup squad.
Ruturaj is in great form in the ongoing 2021 IPL second match in the UAE. On Saturday, he also scored his first IPL ton against Chennai Super Kings. Gaikwad’s run of scores since IPL resumption is 88, 38, 30, 45 and now 101 not out.
“Ruturaj Gaikwad is doing very well. He is a brilliant batsman. If he gets the chance, I’m sure he’ll do well. I’ve seen him up close and he’s the batter in shape. He gives a good start for CSK. I think it will be good if the selectors include him in the selection,” Vengsarkar told Xtra Time .
Commenting on the T20 World Cup squad, the former selection committee chairman said: “I think we have a very balanced and strong side. We are currently number 1 in the world in this format. The biggest positive is that we have a lot of options to go into the tournament.”
He added: “The team also has a good mix of all-rounders, batsmen and quality spinners. I think India should start the tournament as the favorite.”
There has been much discussion of the form of the Mumbai Indian trio Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya. The latter has barely bowled in the ongoing 2021 IPL matches.
“The players who are in shape and fit have to play. We have world class players by our side and I hope they put in a good performance,” said Vengsarkar.
Another player who has performed very well is Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) leg spinner Yuzuvendra Chahal. The lanky spinner has failed to find favor with the selectors despite being the No. 1 spinner for the country in this format. The selectors have preferred to choose Rahul Chahar over Chahal.
“It all depends on the selectors. They are closely following the ongoing competitions in IPL 2021 and I hope they do justice by putting together a good squad for the T20 World Cup,” said Vengsarkar.
He added: “I don’t want to say much about individual players because that depends entirely on the selectors.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently appointed MS Dhoni to mentor the Indian team at the T20 World Cup.
Commenting on BCCI’s decision, Vengsarkar said: “Dhoni has tremendous experience behind him. As a captain he has been excellent. Now he has become the mentor of the side. We don’t know what role he will play. I think we have to wait”
“He (Dhoni) had an absolutely fantastic career as a captain and as a player. His approach to the game has always been positive and aggressive and that will serve the Indian team well for the upcoming World Cup,” said Vengsarkar.