Fast bowlers Harshal Patel and Jasprit Bumrah have both fully recovered from their ailments and have been included in India’s all-star T20 World Cup roster, which was unveiled by the BCCI on Monday. The selectors met on September noon to finalize the squad of 15, which will represent the Rohit Sharma-led Indian side in the ICC mega event, which gets off on October 16 in Australia. The roster was originally anticipated to be announced near the end of this week. The four players that will be on standby are Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, and Shreyas Iyer.

Bumrah and Harshal are returning to support the criticized pace assault after missing the Asia Cup owing to back injuries and side strains, respectively. Both pacers have been receiving rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, and the selectors have determined that they are both well enough to play for India as they attempt to win the T20 World Cup for a second time. Bumrah and Harshal will also play in India’s six-match T20I series against Australia and South Africa, which gets underway on September 20. This will give the squad a chance to fine-tune its lineups and obtain some much-needed playing experience before flying to Australia.

Avesh Khan, who had an illness during the Asia Cup, is out of the running as Bumrah and Harshal return to the contest. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh, who both played key roles for India at the Asia Cup, will partner the two quicks in the speed department. Shami, who was unexpectedly called up considering that he hasn’t participated in a T20 match for India since the World Cup, is also joining the group. Experts and pundits alike have harshly criticized Shami’s absence from India’s Asia Cup team, but it seems that the selectors are still considering him.

Now that India has unveiled a huge team, there is no more space for experimenting. The middle order chooses for itself, with Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and Hardik Pandya being the front-row contenders, with skipper Rohit opening with KL Rahul. The decision to fire Sanju Samson is made due to the selection of wicketkeepers Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. Samson may be chosen over Pant, according to stories that surfaced in between, but that was always going to be a hefty forecast to make. Even though Pant’s recent T20I record hasn’t been stellar, the selectors, captain Rohit, and coach Rahul Dravid just weren’t ready to take the chance of playing a player like Pant. Pant’s left-handedness and the possibility of him batting on Australia’s bumpy surfaces made the choice easy.