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As Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s India T20I squad shifts away from them, IPL players will play a crucial role

India will focus on assembling their teams for the future International Cricket Council (ICC) events now that their chances of winning the World Test Championship (WTC) are all but gone. While the ODI World Cup that India will host later this year takes priority, the nation also has its sights set on the T20 World Cup in 2024.

India has lost in the Super 12 stage of the 2021 tournament and was eliminated in the semi-finals after being destroyed by eventual winners England by 10 wickets. India’s T20 team has been captained by Hardik Pandya since the 2022 World Cup semifinals, with captains Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli likely transitioning out of the format.

PTI claims that players like Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma, who had standout seasons in the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL), may soon have opportunities to play for the Indian T20I team.

Rinku received praise for the outstanding finishes he provided for Kolkata Knight Riders. Throughout the course of the season, he led KKR to victories or brought them close to them from unlikely circumstances by scoring 474 runs with a strike rate of 149.5. For the Punjab Kings, Jitesh amassed 309 runs at a 156.06 strike rate.

Ruturaj Gaikwad found his form again and was essential to CSK’s quest for the championship this year. Yashasvi Jaiswal, meanwhile, can possibly get compensation for his outstanding efforts with the Rajasthan Royals. Jaiswal scored 625 runs at a 163.61 strike rate while also scoring a century and five half centuries. Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, for example, may have a break given their workload and the next ODIs before the World Cup.

A five-match series against the West Indies will serve as India’s next T20I assignment. The series will be the last leg of their whole Caribbean trip, which begins on July 12 with a two-match Test series. A three-match ODI series will be played from July 27 to August 1 following the second Test, which begins on July 20. Beginning on August 3 and lasting until August 13, the T20I series will be played.

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