The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the Indian squad for the upcoming tour of Australia. However, selectors picked the team for all three format series, and few new names were seen on the team. Surprisingly Rohit Sharma’s name was missing from all three squads, and KL Rahul has made a comeback in the Test squad.
However, the selection committee has raised several eyebrows with their strange decisions. KL Rahul, the KXIP skipper, is currently the leading run-scorer in the IPL 2020 tournament so far, but Sanjay Manjrekar raised a question on the selection of KL Rahul in the Test squad, which is purely based on his IPL performance.
Sanjay Manjrekar took to Twitter to expressed his disagreement and wrote, “You set a bad precedent when you recall a player for Tests on IPL performance. Especially if the player has been an abject failure in his last few Tests, whether that player succeeds or fails is irrelevant, such selections massively demotivate Ranji players.”
Manjrekar again raised a question on KL Rahul’s recent form in the most extended format and wrote, “KL Rahul in his last 5 Test series, v SA – Avg 7.1, v Eng – Avg 29, v WI at home – Avg 18, v Aus – Avg 10.7, v WI – Avg 25.4. I say fortunately to get a recall based on IPL & white ball performance. But now, let’s hope he makes the most of this chance. Good luck to him.”
Mohammed Siraj also received his maiden Test call-up after his outstanding figures of 4-2-8-3 against KKR. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav were the candid choices along with Navdeep Saini, while Siraj was selected as the fifth pacer in the team.
India’s Test Squad:
Virat Kohli (c), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj
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