The BCCI has finally decided to host the 2021 edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Which is starting from February 20 to March 14. With the premier 50-over competition just a couple of days away, the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) announced a 22 member squad for the Team.
Delhi squad usually features India’s celebrated opener batsman Shikhar Dhawan However this time he hasn’t been named as the caption of the squad. This time Delhi named Pradeep Sangwan as Caption for the Team. Pradeep is a left-arm pacer and well known for his bowling skills. Further, Himmat Singh has been named as the vice-caption of the team.
The real reason for the exclusion of Shikhar Dhawan for the caption role, Delhi selector Chetainya Nanda revealed that Dhawan asked himself and requested the authorities to not consider him for the captaincy because he won’t be there with the squad for the whole domestic tournament. He is part of India’s squad for the limited-overs format against England.
India will be going to play 5 T20 followed by 3 ODI series against England which is starting from March 12 at Sardar Patel Stadium. So as the main opener of the team Shikhar Dhawan likely to leave the Delhi squad and join the Indian national squad in bio-bubble at the beginning of the march.
“Shikhar wouldn’t have been able to continue beyond February 28 as he is part of the Indian limited-overs team. He has to join the India team well ahead of the T20I series, probably on March 1. He himself suggested that someone who can lead Delhi throughout the tournament — including knockouts if Delhi qualifies — should be picked as captain,” Chetanya Nanda.
He also said, “Dhawan remains a key batsman for us he is an international player. Pradeep Sangwan is an experienced player. He knows the grassroots level cricket in Delhi.
Delhi Squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy: Pradeep Sangwan (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Manjot Kalra, Dhruv Shorey, Kshitiz Sharma, Nitish Rana, Himmat Singh (vice-captain), Unmukt Chand, Jonty Sidhu, Lalit Yadav, Siddhant Sharma, Anuj Rawat (wicketkeeper), Lakshay Thareja (wicketkeeper), Hiten Dalal, Kunwar Bidhuri, Vaibhav Kandpal, Simarjeet Singh, Shivank Vashisth, Shivam Sharma, Vision Panchal, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tejas Baroka