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Danish Kaneria leaves out Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma from his T20 X1 2021


Danish Kaneria has been quite active on Youtube for the last two years. It was in 2019 that an explosive revelation from Shoaib Akhtar was crucial to limelight the player and subsequently his YouTube channel which now gets appreciable views on every video. Akhtar revealed that the leg-spinner was treated unfairly by a certain captain because Kaneria was a Hindu.

Kaneria selected his 2021 team of T20 team and surprised everyone by leaving out the likes of Rohit Sharma, Kohli, or even K L Rahul who have been consistent performers in the T20 matches this year. For the opening slot, Kaneria chose Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan and cited their performances in 2021. Mohammad Rizwan recently became the first batsman in the world to score more than 1600 T20 runs in a year. Kaneria cited that Babar Azam was the leading run-scorer in the 2021 T20 World cup which is why he chose him.

For the third and fourth positions, Kaneria chose Jos Butler and Mitchell Marsh. Kaneria himself admitted that most players would go with the likes of Kohli or Rohit Sharma for the 3rd position but he will go with Mitchell Marsh as the batsman is not only a hard hitter but can also stabilize and then propel the innings. For Jos Butler, the leg-spinner opines that the batsman is not only a good wicket-keeper but can demolish any bowling lineup on his day.

Source : -Danish Kaneria YoutTube Channel

Kaneria then revealed Liam Livingstone and Ravindra Jadeja at no.5 and 6. According to the leg-spinner, Livingstone has performed well for England recently and also has the ability to bowl right-arm leg spinners to go by 2-3 overs quickly in innings. When it came to choosing a spinner, Ravindra Jadeja was included as he is not only a batsman, and bowler but an excellent fielder too. Kaneria also cited that Ravindra Jadeja belongs to the same city as his forefathers.

For the 7th and 8th positions, Kaneria opted Shaheen Shah Afridi and Trent Boult. According to the leg-spinner, Afridi has been lethal in the recent matches and his spell against India in the T20 World cup set the tone for the men in green to win their first encounter against India in a World Cup campaign. For Trent Boult, Kaneriga gave the reason that he has a great economy in T20 cricket and he can be someone who can guide the likes of Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Kaneria credited Jasprit Bumrah for making the Indian bowling stand tall in the International arena and chose him on the number 9th position. He also cited that Bumrah has the best bowling economy of 6.52 in T20 cricket. For the last two players, the former leg-spinner went in with two spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Adam Zampa. Ashwin was also chosen as the vice-captain by Kaneria and expressed surprise when the likes of Ashwin were not in the playing eleven until India got evicted from the T20 World Cup. For the 12th man as a backup, he went in with Rishabh Pant.

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