T20 World Cup: Avesh Khan celebrates a wicket for Delhi capitals during IPL 2021.© BCCI / IPL
Delhi Capitals speedster Avesh Khan has been invited by BCCI to stay in UAE after IPL to join India’s T20 World Cup squad as a net thrower. The 24-year-old is the second fast bowler, following the rhythm sensation of Kashmiri Umran Malik, who has been invited to join the squad and if BCCI sources are to be believed, the fast and lanky bowler may well be on the waiting list by the time the World Cup starts on Sunday. India will open its campaign on October 24 against Pakistan. “The national coaches have decided to include Avesh in the mix as well. From now on he will be a net thrower but if the team management feels he can be outclassed,” a source told PTI on Tuesday. of the BCCI close to the selection committee.
Avesh is playing at an express pace and in this edition of the IPL he has selected 23 wickets for the Capitals with DC still alive in the competition. He is second in the wicket-taker list with Harshal Patel leading the pack with 32 scalps.
“Avesh is playing at an average speed of 142-145 clicks, gets a bewildering bounce from the flattest of decks, and has been on the support staff’s radar for some time,” the source said.
Avesh was in England with the reserve test team, but a broken finger in India’s match against the Counties Combined cut his tour short.
Many believe Avesh had a good chance of playing had he entered the squad and all five tests were in England.
Hardik to stay back as hitter, Venkatesh Iyer to join cover
All-rounder Hardik Pandya will remain with the Indian squad, but is expected to play only as a hitter in the T20 World Cup as his back is still not able to take the stress of medium-fast bowling.
We learn that Venkatesh Iyer, the rising pitcher of KKR, will be invited to stay in the bubble as cover.
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