International cricket has a flavour of its own. Irrespective of how interesting and dramatic IPL matches be, the passion involved in International games remains unmatched. While IPL divides the country in different parts, International cricket unites everyone.
Team India is finally resuming its top level cricket and it’s a moment of joy for all cricket fans. To add to this, it’s a series against Australia. India will be touring down under soon after the IPL ends. Australia have always been one of strongest and most competitive cricket teams across all formats.
The series will start off with the limited-overs leg. Due to some great performances in the ongoing IPL, a lot of players made a case for themselves. While most of them have been named in the limited-overs squad, few of them have surprisingly missed out.
Here’s the list of 5 players who deserved a chance in India’s limited-overs squad for Australia tour:
5. Ravichandran Ashwin
A tried and tested player in the past, Ravi Ashwin needs no introduction. He started off his career being a limited overs bowler and soon entered the Test team. Over the years, his Test bowling has improved by leaps and bounds while his limited-overs bowling started falling apart.
As a result, he was dropped from ODI and T20I squad following a dismal performance in the 2017 Champions Trophy. He was replaced by more attacking options like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. The off spinner, in the last couple of years, has developed his bowling to suit the shorter formats as well.
He has had two good IPL seasons and would have definitely been in contention for a spot in the Australia limited-overs series. Ashwin comes in with a lot of experience and rumours were going around that his name was for sure going to be considered while selecting the squad. However, he will have to wait longer as he has still not been named in the team for either of the shorter formats.
4. Thangarasu Natarajan
A promising fast bowler from Tamil Nadu who made his name through the Tamil Nadu Premier League, Natarajan was picked up by the Kings XI Punjab side for the 2017 season of the IPL. He got an opportunity to play in six matches but failed to impress. At the end of that season, he had only two wickets to his name.
In the 2020 season, Sunrisers Hyderabad gave him an opportunity to prove his talent and play to his potential. He was always known for bowling great yorkers and it was only a matter of time before he showcased this skill. Natarajan did not disappoint his side as he has bowled the most yorkers in this edition of the IPL.
He has picked up 11 wickets in as many games and has been SRH’s go to bowler in the death overs. The left arm angle to right-handers works in his favour and with the ability to bowl the tough overs, he was definitely one person who would consider himself unlucky to miss out on an International call-up. Nevertheless, he is one of the four additional bowlers to travel with team India to Australia and would hope to impress the selectors.
3. Ishan Kishan
The young wicket-keeper batsman from Jharkhand Ishan Kishan was expected to be a big competitor to Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson for the wicket-keeper slot. He currently plays for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. After having two good IPL seasons in 2017 and 2018, he had a horrid 2019 season.
He did not start for MI in the 2020 edition as he was suffering from an injury. However, once he got his chance, he made full use of it. He has so far scored 298 runs in only nine matches at an average of 42.57 and a strike rate of 142.58. His performances often get overshadowed as he goes unnoticed in the star-studded Mumbai franchise.
Kishan has, in fact, has had a better season than Sanju Samson who has been picked in the T20I side. After having such a good IPL and impressing most, the attacking batsman would consider himself unlucky to miss out on a chance to break into the Indian Team.
2. 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 had.
It was the Mumbai Indians who picked him up in the IPL 2018 auction. The Mumbai franchise realized 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 batting in the middle order. He is perhaps a player who can bat 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.
1. Rishabh Pant
This definitely has to be the biggest surprise for all cricket fans. Rishabh Pant who was being touted to be the successor of MS Dhoni, now finds himself out of the limited-overs squad 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 T20I side. As said by many commentators in the past, he is 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 squad has definitely been the biggest shocker.
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