We are less than a week away from India vs West Indies series which is going to start on August 3. The series will begin with T20I series comprising 3 matches and will sign off with a 2-match Test series, which ends on September 3. The tour will also involve an ODI series of 3 matches.
The squads of the respective formats which will travel to the Carribean lands to play against the Windies. The squads for all three formats were announced on Sunday. The announcement came as a surprise and shocking decisions aplenty. With MS Dhoni making himself unavailable and MSK Prasad gave clarifications about many unanswered queries. The Indian skipper Virat Kohli was also able to redeem himself to save his captaincy.
Some other shocking calls were the comeback of players like Manish Pandey & Shreyas Iyer in the White Ball setup. Kedar Jadhav, who is already 34, has also been granted another. Howbeit, some of these calls raised the eyebrows of pundits and fans of the whole world.
Here we will have a look at the players who didn’t deserve to be in the team:
1. Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Kedar Jadhav‘s cricketing sojourn in the past few years has been no less than a roller-coaster ride. After scoring a match-winning 120 against England at Pune, in 2017. The 33-year-old right-handed batter was seen as the next middle-order great from India. He has been blowing hot and cold in the last 12 months but was successful in sharing the dressing room with the team.
Jadhav, who had amassed a total of 561 runs at an average of 40.07 in 2017, is now going totally downhill. The Pune-born has become an injury-prone player and could play only 11 matches in 2018, wherein, he was able to score only 87 runs. The figure has, somewhat, gotten better this year but Jadhav has still looked out of touch on several occasions, especially in death overs, as a finisher, which once used to be his forte. Even in the IPL, he could score just 162 runs at a minimum average of 18.
At the same time, Kedar is already 34 and is very unlikely to play the next World Cup in 2023. Hence, his selection is quite questionable if the management has to build a team for the long term.
2. Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
Manish Pandey is yet another cricketer whose journey has been like an elevated railway. The lad got in the limelight after becoming the first Indian cricketer to score an IPL century and his dream to play international cricket got its wings after he hit a match-winning ton at the SCG in 2016. However, things have not been really well for the Karnataka cricketer ever since this once-in-a-lifetime knock.
After a decent performance in 2016, Pandey got 11 more opportunities in the following year but he bottled it on most of the occasions. His IPL performance hasn’t been that well as well. Even though he did fine in the previous edition of the IPL, most of his good knocks came while playing at the top order.
However, with a massive top-order already there, there’s hardly any vacancy left for a top-order batsman. Hence, Manish Pandey will have to bat in the middle order which is his weak point. And with many other middle-order talents like Nitish Rana and Ishan Kishan already there in the country, the 30-year old could’ve been left out.
3. KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo Source: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Despite showing multiple promises and having sheer talent, KL Rahul has turned out to be a disappointment at the biggest stage when it mattered the most. He has been one of the best batsmen of the IPL in recent times and used to be quite good at the international level too. The Karnataka born cricketer has quite a good range of shots and a very sound technique.
Nonetheless, due to some reason, the ace batsman has looked completely lost in the recently-concluded World Cup. Even though he scored a good no. of runs in the tourney, the 27-year-old played with very strange gameplay. His temperament and intent have gone down drastically and his level of confidence looks zero. Thus, KL should be rather playing “A” games, at this moment and get back his sublime touch.
In the World Cup tournament, which ended as a horror show for many Indian fans, Rahul has shown some gumption. His tale of a happy-go-lucky player ended in surreality as India’s Cup exit. Rahul scored two tons and a half-century in the tournament. But, couldn’t hog the limelight as the ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma overshadowed the Karnataka batsman’s show.
4. Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Umesh Yadav‘s selection has in the test team has also raised many eyebrows. The lad has been selected in the 15-man squad and will take part in the 2-match test series against the Windies. He is overall a good bowler, especially at home conditions, however, his performance doesn’t remain the same when he is handed the bowl in overseas conditions.
Yadav’s performance outside India has been a cause of concern for the Indian team. The speedster overall does well with red cherry when compared to the white ball, but sometimes starts bowling poor lengths, there too. Just recently in 2018, the 31-year old had a horrible outing whilst playing against the Aussies at Perth. Nevertheless, India is currently lacking resources and hence, Umesh has luckily been selected in the team and we hope that he does well.
5. Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Rohit Sharma is arguably the best white-ball player going around in world cricket currently. The Mumbai player has been in an unbelievable form and has given a run for their money to some of the best bowlers of this world. In the recently-concluded Cricket World Cup, the 33-year-old amassed 648 runs in 9 games and ended up being the highest run-scorer of the championship. He scored a total of 5 centuries in the tournament and became the first batsman to do so.
Howbeit, what has become a dark patch of this glorious career is Test cricket. The extremely talented batsman has accumulated 1585 runs in 47 innings at an average of 39 while facing the red cherry. The stats seem quite poor considering his talent and potential. And what makes this worse is the fact that most of these runs have come at relatively weaker oppositions and easier conditions. Although, this time around, the Windies have a stronger squad and amassing runs for Sharma might turn out to be really tough.
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