Ravichandran Ashwin, an off-spinner, has been named in the playing group, with MS Dhoni serving as the team’s mentor.
The BCCI Honorary Secretary, Jay Shah, discusses Dhoni’s appointment as the mentor.
“In terms of Dhoni, I spoke to him while I was in Dubai,” Shah added. “He accepted the decision and decided to serve as a mentor for Team India exclusively for the T20 World Cup.
“I talked to the captain (Virat Kohli) and vice-captain (Rohit Sharma), as well as Ravi Shastri (the head coach), and that’s how we came to our decision.”
On October 24, India’s Super12 campaign will begin with a match against Pakistan, headed by Virat Kohli.
Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, and two teams from Round One have been assigned to Group 2 of the Super12.
India’s 15-man ICC T20 World Cup roster for 2021 was declared on September 8. India will be led by Virat Kohli, who is presently ranked fourth in the ICC T20 player rankings.
India T20 World Cup squad 2021
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami
Reserves: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur