The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) unveiled its 15-member roster for the T20 World Cup 2021 earlier this week, with a few surprising selections and significant omissions.

The choice of Ashwin in the lineup, who has not played a T20I match since 2017, sparked the most discussion during the selection process. The off-inclusion spinner’s was based on his recent good performances in the IPL and domestic T20 competitions. The reason stated for Chahal’s absence was that he does not have the same rapid leg-spin as Rahul Chahar, who was selected in the 15-member T20 World Cup squad.

Former BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad has weighed in on the team chosen for the global event, claiming that Dhawan should have been included owing to his stellar ICC performance. “You can absolutely give them an 8 or 9 out of 10, they’ve attempted to cover all bases, and they’ve gone in with the expectation that the wickets will be more spin-friendly. We have 4-5 spinners in the team because of this. Selectors will examine everything from every viewpoint. They will not go in a single direction,” Prasad said to Sports Tak.

Prasad also stated that Dhawan’s IPL form is beneficial to Delhi Capitals (DC) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). This season, the southpaw has 430 runs in 10 IPL games, and he also scored two straight hundreds for the Capitals last year.

“I personally believe that, because this is such a big event, someone like Shikhar Dhawan might have been brought in. Given that he has always performed well in ICC competitions. He also has back-to-back centuries in the IPL, indicating that he is in top form. He could have been more valuable for the side, in my opinion. Krunal Pandya is in the same boat. We had been grooming him in the T20 format for the past 3-4 years. These are the two names because he’s been doing well with the Mumbai Indians. Prasad continued, “I felt like these two people could have blended in.”