Jun 21, 2022, 10:54 IST

Dravid confirms 24-year-old star's T20 World Cup chances- Twitter left furious!!!


With each successive series for the Indian team, the potential 15 for the T20 World Cup in 2022 will become a hotly debated topic. India's first assignment after IPL 2022 - a five-match T20I series against South Africa at home - was recently completed, and India head coach Rahul Dravid was asked about it. While denying that India's T20 World Cup squad had been finalised, Dravid did give a big hint about the 24-year-chances, old's and Twitter was enraged by the decision.

KL Rahul was the series' first-choice captain, but he was ruled out due to a groyne injury sustained before the start of the match, and Rishabh Pant was named the new captain. While he was inconsistent as a leader in the series, which ended in a 2-2 tie after the decider in Bengaluru was rained out, he was a disaster as a batter.

Indian cricket team head coach Rahul Dravid(PTI)

Pant scored 58 runs in just four innings, with a strike rate of only 105. Veterans and cricket experts slammed his batting and slammed his similar dismissals throughout the series, prompting many to rule him out of their World Cup squad.

However, Dravid completely backed Pant and revealed that the 24-year-old is a "big" and "integral" part of India's set-up heading into the T20 World Cup in Australia.

"Personally, he would have liked to score a few more runs but it is not concerning him. Certainly, he is a very big part of our plans going ahead in next few months," Dravid said during the post-match press conference on Sunday. "I just don't want to be critical. In the middle overs, you need people to play slightly attacking brand of cricket, to take the game on a little more. Sometimes it's very hard to judge it based on two or three games."