The T20 World Cup 2024 is poised to be a captivating cricketing spectacle as it ventures into new territories, with matches scheduled to be played in the West Indies and the United States of America (USA). The unique challenge arises in the USA, where the pitches remain relatively unknown to most teams, adding an element of unpredictability to the tournament. Meanwhile, the surfaces in the West Indies are anticipated to favour spinners, given their slowish nature and dry conditions. Spinners are expected to play a crucial role in determining the outcomes of games in this upcoming global tournament.
Navigating the spin maze
In the context of India’s spin attack, stalwarts like Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Kuldeep Yadav are likely shoo-ins for the squad. However, the absence of international T20 fixtures before the World Cup opens a door for spinners to showcase their talents in the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Here, we explore five spinners who could emerge as strong contenders for a spot in Team India’s squad for the T20 World Cup.
Top 5 key Indian spinners to keep an eye on in IPL 2024 for T20 World Cup:
1. Ravi Bishnoi – Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)
Ravi Bishnoi has exhibited exceptional quality, skill, and talent, making him a standout performer for Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). His ability to generate turn and extract bounce from the pitches sets him apart. Bishnoi’s attacking style and knack for taking crucial wickets make him a potent force in the spin department. With his impressive performances in domestic and franchise cricket, Bishnoi will aim to stake a claim for a spot in the T20 World Cup squad, providing the much-needed X-factor.
2. Sai Kishore – Gujarat Titans (GT)
Sai Kishore, representing Gujarat Titans (GT), brings a unique skill set to the spin department. Known for his accuracy, variations, and control, Kishore has the capability to contain the opposition’s batting lineup. His ability to bowl crucial overs in the powerplay and at the death makes him a valuable asset. Kishore’s impressive domestic record and consistent performances in T20 leagues position him as a strong contender to don the Indian colors in the World Cup.
3. Washington Sundar – Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Washington Sundar, an established name in Indian cricket, continues to evolve as a spin-bowling all-rounder. Representing Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Sundar’s ability to bowl in different phases of the game adds versatility to his skill set. A dependable lower middle-order batter, Sundar’s utility with both bat and ball makes him a valuable asset. As an experienced campaigner, he will look to bring his all-round prowess to the fore, contributing significantly to India’s T20 World Cup campaign.
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4. Varun Chakravarthy – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Varun Chakravarthy, despite featuring in the T20 World Cup 2021, couldn’t weave the anticipated magic with his mystery spin and found himself left out of the squad. Playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL, Chakravarthy will be eager to showcase his quality and talent once again. Known for his variations and ability to fox batters, he remains a strong contender for the World Cup squad if he can deliver impactful performances.
5. Suyash Sharma – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Emerging as a new sensation in the cricketing arena, Suyash Sharma has swiftly become a pivotal player for the Knight Riders. His leg-spin wizardry is marked by a blend of accuracy and deceptive variations, leaving batters perplexed. Sharma’s ability to control the game’s tempo, coupled with his knack for taking crucial wickets, showcases his immense potential. Having exhibited composure beyond his years, he brings a fresh and dynamic dimension to KKR’s bowling attack. As a contender for India’s T20 World Cup squad, Sharma’s recent performances signal a promising future for the young leg-spinner, poised to make a significant impact on the global stage.