Team India Head Coach Rahul Dravid recently stated that he might have to shuffle the playing XI for the upcoming T20 World Cup semi-final clash against England at Adelaide Oval. In the final Super 12 fixture, the Men in Blue secured their spot in the top four of the competition on Sunday. Their convincing 71-run victory over Zimbabwe ensured that they finished on top of their group and advanced to a semi-final matchup with England. Now, Rahul Dravid has to pick the best playing XI against the Three Lions.
Rahul Dravid will pick the playing XI according to playing conditions
Dravid recently stated that he will select a playing XI for that game that he thinks will work best given the circumstances. Yuzvendra Chahal might make his tournament debut as a result because the Adelaide Oval ground often favors slower bowlers. Dinesh Karthik, the veteran wicketkeeper-batter, might also be called up to replace Rishabh Pant as Dravid said he won’t decide on his starting lineup until he has seen the Adelaide ground.
“I think we have a completely open mind about everyone in our 15. We believe anybody who comes into the 15 will not potentially make us weaker, the kind of squad we’ve picked. Anybody that we need to pick will actually not make us a weaker squad. Again, we’ll have to go there and see,” Dravid was quoted as saying by the ICC.
Dravid further said that selecting the lineup for the semi-final game will be based completely on the pitch conditions at the given point in time. Speaking of which, Dravid added:
“I watched some of the games (in Adelaide) today and I know the tracks were slow and they gripped and they turned a bit. We might be playing on a completely new strip in Adelaide, and the strip we played with against Bangladesh, to be honest, did not spin. It was, again, a different kind of wicket, and it was played at Adelaide, as well. Of course, if it’s slow we’ll play according to those situations. If we think it might play differently, then we’ll have to put up a squad to match that.”
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