Friday, 22 June, 2018

Rahane dropped from ODI squad; Rahul, Kaul picked

Karun Nair replaces Kohli for Afghanistan Test, Kaul in T20 squad In Virat Kohli's absence Ajinkya Rahane to lead India against Afghanistan
Faye Gross | 10 May, 2018, 12:22

"The fact that he is going and playing county cricket is setting a clear message to his teammates, to England and everyone around the world that he wants India to have a successful tour of the United Kingdom and wants to lead from the front", he said. And that Ishant Sharma, who is playing county as well, will be included in the Test side.

BCCI's All-India Senior Selection Committee will name the squads for one-off Test against Afghanistan, two T20Is against Ireland, three T20Is and as many ODIs against England.

The question of Test cricket being devalued has come to the horizon. Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were also given a break, while Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma, both of whom are now playing in England, were named in the 15-strong squad. "I can understand why they are not wanting to play D-N Test matches".

India squad for England T20Is: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddhart Kaul, Umesh Yadav. Some of the Test specialists like Wriddhiman Saha, M. Vijay and Md. Ambati Rayudu and KL Rahul were notable comebacks in the ODI squad for the England tour while young speedster Siddarth Kaul was rewarded with a T20 berth against Ireland and England for his consistent IPL performance. Remember, India have never beaten Australia in Australia. Virat Kohli has been omitted from the solitary test against Afghanistan, with the captain set to take heed of his commitments in the English county for the month of June. At night there is no spin, there is moisture and bit more movement.

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And that Rohit will not be in the red-ball plans for the England tour, especially given that Karun Nair - his replacement - is also the captain for the India A side that will play four-day matches in England and thus seems a better bet to have on the Test team. Manish Pandey, another batsman who was viewed as a potential No.4 candidate, has also missed out.

So are we to now assume things have changed so much since then that Rahane is not in the frame for ODIs, and therefore not in the frame for the World Cup 2019? He was part of India's 50-over squad during the South Africa tour.

Murali Vijay, when fit, walks into the Indian Test side. When the ICC announced World T20 tournaments every two years recently, ardent Test fans looked at it in a negative manner, thinking that the global body is pushing the shortest format despite claims of safeguarding Test cricket.

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