Abhishek Sharma – A Standby For T20 World Cup?

Many cricket spectators and experts including India’s former off-spinner Harbhajan Singh are still wondering whether Abhishek Sharma could be added to the squad if not late. Also, he feels that the SunRisers opening batsman who played one of his best knocks in IPL 2024, should have at least been in the reserves of India’s T20 World Cup 2024 squad.

Abhishek Sharma scored 75 runs with just 28 balls and made the 167-run stand partnership with Travis Head, who scored 89 runs with just 30 balls. The team Sunrisers Hyderabad made a successful 166-run chase against the Lucknow Super Giants on 8th May 2024 in Hyderabad.

Harbhajan Singh expresses his thoughts about Abhishek Sharma

Recently, Harbhajan Singh expressed his thoughts representing the emotions of millions of cricket fans and enthusiasts. He could not believe what he saw in the IPL 2024 match where Sunrisers Hyderabad chased 166 runs in only 9.4 overs.

Also, only Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head completed the game and in between they smashed 14 sixes and 16 boundaries. This happened on the same pitch where Lucknow Super Giants’ top batsman and captain KL Rahul had struggled to score runs fluently, whereas SRH was binging on six-hitting.

Here is what Harbhajan Singh asked on social media:

“What did it just happen in Hyderabad? Travis Head & Abhishek Sharma are smashing sixes as if they were taking singles. Chased 165 runs in just 9.4 overs. Should the Indian Team include Abhishek Sharma in the bench strength?”

Also, Travis Head is gradually moving up to the 3rd position in terms of Orange Cap in IPL 2024. However, his total is 533 runs for 11 matches, whereas Abhishek Sharma totals up to 401 runs with more than two 50+ scores. As a result, both dynamic players of SRH, Head and Abhishek hit a strike rate of more than 200 in the ongoing IPL season. Therefore, their combination is now said to be one of the most destructive opening pairs in tournament history.

Abhishek Sharma holds the MOST SIXES IN IPL 2024

Undoubtedly, Abhishek Sharma stands in the leading position for the most sixes in the ongoing IPL 2024. Abhishek hit 35 sixes in 11 matches, which is 3 more than Sunil Narine (at the 2nd position) and 4 more than Travis Head (at the 3rd position).

Despite his powerful gameplay in the ongoing IPL season, it was not enough to place him in the T20 World Cup Indian Squad. Whereas Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Yashasvi Jaiswal are the decided top-order batsmen amongst the 15-man squad. Also, Shubman Gill and Rinku Singh are placed in the 4-man reserves.

However, spectators and many former cricketers are strongly feeling that Abhishek Sharma is soon going to be part of the Indian squad for the T20I which will occur after the T20 World Cup in June.

But the main problem is that Abhishek Sharma being an Indian top-order batsman has been witnessing a congestion with other experienced candidates in the queue. However, in his 2nd outing of the IPL 2024, Abhishek struck a 50 batting at number three. Further, he waited 10 games to surpass the score for the 2nd time.

However, Abhishek Sharma carrying a strike rate of 205.64, had failed to surpass the 20-run mark in his last 3 outings before the selection process for India’s T20 World Cup squad.

Abhishek’s Mentor Yuvraj Singh expresses his consideration

Abhishek Sharma’s mentor Yuvraj Singh stated that the 23-year-old is not yet ready for international cricket.

Here is what Yuvraj Singh told to the Cricbuzz:

“Abhishek Sharma is almost eligible but right now I don’t think he is still completely ready for the World Cup. Because for the World Cup, we will have to look at the experienced side. Although some guys have played for India, so after the World Cup, Abhishek should prepare himself to play for India. Hence, that is what he should focus on because the upcoming 6 months will be very important for Abhishek Sharma”.

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Conclusion

The most important and influential factors are Talent and power. Above all, maintaining the consistency of scoring big runs matters the most. In IPL 2023, Yashasvi Jaiswal struck five 50s and a 100 to make way for the selection to become a part of the Indian squad.

Whereas players like Suryakumar Yadav have spent years waiting to get his debut in the Indian squad at the age of 31. Rinku Singh, who proved his perfect finishing gameplay for India and his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders was able to find his placement only in the reserve list of T20 World Cup Indian Squad. Hence, it is the same with Shubman Gill, who is a good friend of Abhishek Sharma.

Rohit Sharma is the appointed captain of the Indian Team at T20 World Cup 2024, where Yashasvi Jaiswal is selected as Rohit’s opening partner batsman. However, Virat Kohli being in the squad will play in the top 3 positions. As a result, the middle-order line-ups include names of Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya, and others.

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