Indian cricket returned with the onset of the Indian Premier League 2020 in September. While fans were elated as they finally got to see their favourite cricketers in action, the intensity of international cricket is at a different level altogether. With India’s series against Australia starting soon after the IPL, fans are eagerly waiting to see some competitive cricket between the two champion sides.
The rivalry between the two teams makes things even better. Australia are perhaps one of the most competitive sides in the world and beating them in their own backyard would be a big achievement for the Indian team. There could probably be no better way to welcome international cricket than a good series win against the Aussies.
The tour kicks off with the limited-overs leg followed by the Test series. A lot of young players made a case for themselves in the IPL this year which resulted in a very interesting squad being named. Some regulars of the limited-overs side have now lost their spot to the newcomers.
Let’s take a look at 3 surprising exclusions from Team India’s limited-overs squads:
1. Suryakumar Yadav
A talented batsman who represents Mumbai in the domestic arena, Suryakumar Yadav often known as ‘SKY’ made his name while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders in his initial years of the IPL. He would come in as a finisher and end up scoring some quick runs with the innovative gameplay that he has.
It was the Mumbai Indians who picked him up in the IPL 2018 auction. The Mumbai franchise realised his potential and promoted him to the top of the order. He did not disappoint as he ended up scoring in excess of 400 runs in both the seasons since then. 2018 though was his breakthrough season where he had ended up scoring 512 runs for his side.
In the current season too, he has scored 283 runs in eleven matches and has looked in very good touch. He was perhaps a player who could have batted at any position as he has the experience of both building an inning as well as finishing it. Therefore, it came in as a huge surprise to see his name missing from the players’ list announced for the Australia limited-overs tour.
2. Rahul Chahar
The young leg spinner from Rajasthan was picked up by the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018 after he represented the Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2017 season. While Mumbai preferred Mayank Markande in the 2018 season and Chahar did not feature in their eleven, in 2019 the tables turned. From there on, the MI franchise started backing Chahar ahead of Markande.
He did not disappoint them as he took 13 wickets in as many games at an economy rate of 6.55. In T20 cricket if a spinner can come up with such numbers a team would take it with open arms. His performance in the IPL earned him an Indian call up as well. In the only international game he played, he bowled three overs in which he conceded 27 runs and took one wicket.
With Kuldeep Yadav’s form on the decline, it was expected that Chahar may well become the second spinner after Yuzvendra Chahal in the T20I squad. However, in a shocking move, the selectors now opted to leave him out from the limited-overs squads for the Australia tour. While Varun Chakravarthy has been picked in the squad, Rahul’s absence definitely becomes a talking point.
3. Rishabh Pant
This definitely has to be the biggest surprise for all cricket fans. Rishabh Pant who was hailed by almost everyone as the successor of Mahendra Singh Dhoni now finds himself out of the limited-overs squads altogether. A wicket-keeper batsman known for his innovate shots and big hitting would definitely be a huge miss for the Indian side.
His exclusion from the ODI side could probably still be justified. However, in T20I’s, he’s a run-away match winner and definitely deserves to be a part of the team. He provides the finishing ability which is very important for any side in the shorter formats. As said by many commentators in the past, he was potentially the X-factor in the current Indian team.
With KL Rahul taking up the wicket keeping duties and Sanju Samson being picked in the T20I squad it would now be a tough road for Pant to make a comeback in this format. Pant did not have a disastrous IPL season either as he has scored 217 runs in eight games. Therefore, his exclusion from the Indian limited-overs squads has definitely been the biggest shocker.
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