Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said he is surprised to not see the likes of Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane in the limited-overs squad for the upcoming three-match ODI and T20I series against West Indies. On Sunday, India had announced the squads for the upcoming T20Is, ODIs and Test match series against the Men in Maroon.
Many experts and fans expressed their displeasure over the omission of Gill from the squad as the player has been in good form in the recently concluded five-match unofficial ODI series between India A and West Indies A. The young batsman was adjudged as the ‘Player of the Tournament’ for scoring 218 runs in the series against West Indies A.
In a tweet, Ganguly wrote, “There are many in the squad who can play all formats ..surprised not to see Shubman gill ..Rahane in the one-day squad”.
Ganguly went on to say that the time has come for selectors to pick the same players for all three formats of the game, which will help in increasing players’ confidence and rhythm. “Time has come for Indian selectors to pick the same players in all formats of the game for rhythm and confidence.. too few are playing in all formats ..great teams had consistent players ..it’s not about making all happy but picking the best for the country and be consistent..@bcci,” Ganguly further added in his second Tweet.
As India were knocked out of the ICC Cricket World Cup in the semifinals, former BCCI Secretary, Sanjay Jagdale had opined that Rahane should be the number four batsman in the ODI format.
“In my opinion, the Indian team needs a batsman like Ajinkya Rahane at number four. We have tried many options at the batting position for the past three months. We tried those batsmen who did not have a good record overseas. Rahane has always scored good runs in England,” Jagdale had told ANI.
Team India chief selector MSK Prasad on Sunday had announced the squads at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai for the upcoming series in Windies. Putting all speculations to rest about India captain Virat Kohli’s participation in the limited-overs series, he was chosen to lead the team in all formats.
Dhawan, who was ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining an injury to his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb, returned for both ODIs and T20Is. Meanwhile, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was rested for three ODIs and as many T20Is.
Veteran wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni was rested as well; Rishabh Pant will be keeping the wickets for the team. Pant has been named across all three formats and Wriddhiman Saha found a spot for the two Tests.
India’s squads for West Indies tour: T20Is — Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
ODIs: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini.