The All-India Senior Selection Committee is all set to convene on Wednesday to pick India's squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Along with the original squad, the selectors will also pick travelling reserves who will go to the UAE alongside the 15-member squad as per Covid-19 protocols.
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma are the two first-choice openers when it comes to the T20 format, while another option would be Virat Kohli opening alongside Rohit if the management wants to bring Suryakumar Yadav at number three.
However, one cannot rule out the experienced Shikhar Dhawan when it comes to ICC events. Therefore, it needs to be seen whether the selectors are brave enough to back Dhawan as an opener and play KL Rahul lower down the order.
Meanwhile, Washington Sundar's injury can be a severe headache in terms of picking an off-spinner for the selectors. Ravichandran Ashwin can be picked but the senior pro has not played a T20I for the longest time, and the other option that comes to mind is Jayant Yadav. Apart from Jayant and Ashwin, no other name comes to mind in terms of off-spinner.
Yuzvendra Chahal picks himself and it needs to be seen whether the selectors will add Rahul Chahar as he has proven himself in the IPL.
Ishan Kishan made a rocking start to his T20I career as he scored a fifty on debut against England earlier this year, and continued the form in the ODIs against Sri Lanka.
In the middle order, the focus will be on Shreyas Iyer and it needs to be seen whether he finds a place for himself or not. He has not played a competitive game since March and it needs to be seen how he performs for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL.
With Suryakumar Yadav in form, the road seems tricky for Shreyas Iyer. Among the all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya look like confirmed selections while it needs to be seen whether Krunal Pandya and Shardul Thakur also find a place for themselves in India's squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
The pace attack might be led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami while Bhuvneshwar Kumar still has to find a place. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj could also be the dark horses.
India will open its ICC T20 World Cup 2021 campaign against Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.