The T20 World Cup is fast approaching and there is a sense of excitement in the air already. While there is a good month and a bit before the marquee event begins in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), all eyes are currently on the squad announcement for the world-class event. While teams would want to cover all the bases when they announce the squad, they would also be mindful of what to expect in terms of the surface and weather in the Middle East before making a final announcement.
If you are searching for a place to find all the updates related to India's squad announcement for T20 World Cup 2021, search no more since you have arrived at the right page with Team SportsTiger attempting to break every update from the event as soon as there is an official confirmation.
12:15 AM IST: THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DAY!
Reflecting on the appointment of Dhoni as mentor, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said, "I have one announcement to make. MS Dhoni will join Team India as a mentor for upcoming T20 World Cup. I am glad MS has accepted BCCI's request... MS will work closely with Ravi Shastri and other support staff to support Team India."
12:00 AM IST: Announcement of India's squad
11:50 PM IST: Chetan Sharma reveals the reason behind Chahal's exclusion
Talking about the exclusion of Yuzvendra Chahal, India's chief selector Chetan Sharma said, "We have picked Rahul Chahar over Yuzi as we wanted someone who bowls fast and gets pace off the pitch.”
11:20 PM IST: Ashwin is an asset: Chetan Sharma
Talking about the inclusion of Ashwin and Varun, chief selector Chetan Sharma said, “Ashwin is an asset. He performed well in the IPL and we needed a player of his experience. We need an off-spinner with Washington (Sundar) injured. Ashwin is the only off-spinner in the squad. Varun is a mystery spinner who is a surprise package for the world."
10:55 PM IST: I spoke to MS Dhoni in Dubai: Jay Shah
Talking about MS Dhoni's appointment as mentor, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said, "(I) spoke to him in Dubai. He agreed to be mentor for WT20 only and I discussed with my colleagues and all are on same page. I spoke to captain (Virat Kohli) and vice captain (Rohit Sharma) and everyone agreed."
10:40 PM IST: Kohli-Dhoni combo is back
10:00 PM IST: Let's have a look at the squad once again
9:55 PM IST: Team can make changes in squad till October 10
Although India's 15+3 squad has been announced, it must ne noted that they will be allowed to make any changes till October 10th. Hence, injuries and performances during IPL 2021 could still lead to some changes in the final squad for the mega event.
9:28 PM IST: India's stand-by players
Apart from the 15-member squad, three stand-by players will be traveling with the squad in form of Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar.
9:21 PM IST: Some surprising selections!
While Ravichandran Ashwin's name had been doing the rounds since morning, it was unexpected that he would be selected ahead of Yuzvendra Chahal. Notably, Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy are the other two frontline spinners alongside the most surprising selection in form of all-rounder Axar Patel.
9:16 PM IST: MS Dhoni to mentor the team
9:14 PM IST: Big names missing out!
Some big names are missing out from the side including the likes of Prithvi Shaw, T Natarajan, Shikhar Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal.
9:11 PM IST: INDIA'S SQUAD FOR T20 WORLD CUP
15-member squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami.
Standby players: Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
9:09 PM IST: PRESS CONFERENCE HAS STARTED!
The press conference has commenced after a slight delay and the team would be out in 5-10 minutes.
9:05 PM IST: Team could be announced anytime
The Indian team could be announced anytime now! There is already a lot of excitement among the fans as we await the final announcement from BCCI.
8:55 PM IST: Will Ravichandran Ashwin travel to UAE?
If the latest reports are to be believed, Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the players around whom BCCI and team management have had few rounds of discussions since there are doubts over Washington Sundar's fitness.
8:50 PM IST: Press conference to commence in 10 minutes
The press conference for T20 World Cup squad announcement will commence at 9:00 PM. BCCI secretary Jay Shah and selection committee chairman Chetan Sharma will be making the announcement.
8:45 PM IST: I would prefer Chahal over Chahar: Sunil Gavaskar
Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has revealed his choice of spinner for the India's T20 World Cup squad. The 72-year-old said that he would prefer Yuzvendra Chahal over Rahul Chahar because of former's experience in white-ball cricket.
8:40 PM IST: 22-member squad had been shortlisted earlier
It had been reported that BCCI, along with the team management in the UK, had already shortlisted 22 players in the meeting held earlier today. Another meeting had reportedly been scheduled in the evening (which had commenced 1.5 hrs ago) to select the final 15 players and it will be interesting to see who makes the cut!
8:30 PM IST: 30 minutes to go!
We are just half an hour away from knowing the final list of 15 players who will represent India in UAE for the mega event. While BCCI are set to announce additional reserve players as well which will travel, with the number ranging from 3 to 7.
8:00 PM IST: About an hour to go for the squad announcement
60 mins to go to for India's T20 World Cup squad announcement. Stay Tuned with SportsTiger for quick updates.
07: 15 PM IST: Final round of meeting for the T20 World Cup squad has commenced, sources close to the development
As per sources close to the development, the final round of meeting for the T20 World Cup squad announcement between the selection committee and the Indian team management including the likes of skipper Virat Kohli has commenced.
06:10 PM IST: No place for Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer in Sunil Gavaskar's squad of T20 World Cup
Earlier legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar picked his India T20 World Cup squad at Sports Tak but omitted the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer.
06:02 PM IST: Less than 180 minutes for the official squad announcement
Are we in for a few surprises? We will wait and see as the clock keeps ticking and a few heartbeats get louder and faster with every passing minute.
03:14 PM IST: The Indian team for the marquee event will be announced at 9 pm today (Wednesday), confirms BCCI.
10:59 AM IST: Squad announcement expected at around 8 PM IST
Evening India time for sure. Although the precise time may vary.
10:10 AM IST: Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli to join the team meeting virtually
It is being learned that Shastri testing positive for COVID-19 forced the change of plans. The team was set to be announced yesterday itself but then skipper Kohli was also travelling to Manchester. Shastri's participation in the meeting will depend on his health today.
10:00 AM IST: Squad announcement to happen today
India's squad for the T20 World Cup is all set to be announced on September 8, Wednesday.
07:30 PM IST: Stay tuned to SportsTiger for the squad announcement
That's it from this space for now, don't forget to come back tomorrow morning and check out the updates with regards to India's squad announcement for the World Cup.
05:35 PM IST: The squad will be picked tomorrow in Mumbai, PTI reports
News agency PTI reports that the squad will be picked tomorrow in Mumbai.
04:03 PM IST: Announcement might be made tomorrow
It is being claimed by credible media reports that the team announcement for T20 World Cup might just happen on September 8.
01:30 PM IST: Shardul's place assured but no guarantee on Bhuvneshwar Kumar's spot in T20 World Cup: Report
The same report also confirms that Shardul Thakur's place has been assured but there are still some doubts over the place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar due to fitness concerns. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav is not in the plans of the selectors.
01:15 PM IST: SKY, Rahul Chahar set to be included in India's T20 World Cup squad: Reports
A media report by Telegraph has confirmed that Suryakumar Yadav and Rahul Chahar are set to be named in India's T20 World Cup squad. Does that mean no Varun Chakravarthy? We will have to wait and see.
10:47 AM IST: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah also expected to be part of the selection committee meet
A PTI report further claims that BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah are also expected to be part of the selection committee meeting at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.
10:41 AM IST: Only 1 between Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar to be selected: Reports
It is being learned that only one between Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar could be selected in the T20 World Cup squad. Big call to be made but in the limited opportunities for both the teams, Rahul has been the more impressive. Will that be enough for him to seal a place in the side?
September 7, 10:00 AM IST: BCCI likely to announce India's T20 World Cup squad today
The BCCI is likely to announce India's T20 World Cup squad on Tuesday, which is today, September 7, 2021. Lots to look forward to after India registered a memorable Test match win at The Oval where several individuals put their hand up and performed when it mattered the most.
05:40 PM IST: What about Shreyas Iyer?
While Shreyas Iyer is facing similar fitness issues, he is likely to get some game time in the second leg of IPL 2021. But will that be enough for him to get a place in the T20 World Cup squad?
05:30 PM IST: Decision on Washington Sundar
A decision on Washington Sundar is also expected as the squad is announced for the T20 World Cup. Sundar is still recovering from an injury and has even been ruled out of the second leg of IPL 2021.
02:56 PM IST: KL Rahul to open with Rohit in T20 WC?
Another question that might be on the minds of cricket lovers is whether the successful opening pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul continue in the T20 World Cup. While Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are surely in contention for the second opener, Virat Kohli had hinted that it could well be he himself coming along with The Hitman.
02:18 PM IST: Will Shardul Thakur find a place in the squad?
Given his recent exploits with the bat in the England Test series, the big question is whether Shardul Thakur has done enough to impress the selectors to give him a place in the T20 World Cup squad.
September 6, 12 Noon IST: 15-members squad selected, official announcement depends on result of Oval Test result
The selectors have reportedly confirmed as per a media report that a 15-member India squad for T20 World Cup 2021 has already been selected. “It will (the announcement) depend on the Test match. If the match is over early, the announcement could be made tomorrow (September 6). But if not, we will wait for Tuesday, we can confirm that 15 member squad has already been selected,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying by InsideSport.