India’s squad for the 3-T20I series against England was picked on Tuesday. With the IPL going on, there was always a danger while doing so.
The selection then runs the risk of getting overboard with the performance of the IPL and sidelining the efforts put in by the players in the first class season and the home T20 league Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
That being said, IPL is not just a domestic league. It has some high class overseas talent and the young Indians players get to rub shoulders with the best in the world.
That in mind, some of these players could consider themselves unfortunate to miss out on selection. Here are five such cricketers who did not make India’s T20I squad against England:
Ambati Rayudu has been one of the shining lights of IPL 2018 and is in contention for the Orange Cap. With more than 400 runs already, he is looking all set to breach the magic figure of 500.
Moreover, Rayudu can bat at the top of the order as well as in the middle order. He has hit a purple patch and it could have been maximized if he would also have been picked in the T20I squad apart from the ODI squad.
Another CSK player who can consider him unfortunate is Kedar Jadhav. After he won the opening match against CSK, he was ruled out of the entire IPL and hardly got a chance to display his prowess.
It has now been two years that Krunal Pandya has been performing well in the IPL. He has been a revelation for MI and at times has outclassed his younger brother Hardik Pandya.
Also, along with being a handy batsman at No 6 or 7, he is also a handful with the ball. He bowls tight line and lengths and is difficult to line up. Given the dearth of part time bowling options, Krunal could have been a good bet.
Much like Rayudu, another batsman who has had a breakout IPL season is Suryakumar Yadav. Yadav is also there and there about as far as the Orange Cap is concerned.
Being promoted to open the batting in place of Rohit Sharma, Yadav has batted exceedingly well. In many ways, this season has been a sort of homecoming for Yadav as he started his journey with Mumbai Indians.
Since a long time we have been listening that Sanju Samson is a serious talent. But to be frank, he is yet to get his share of opportunities. One can argue that Samson lacks consistency but so do many other players.
If there is someone with special talent, who is a complete player in the sense that he is as good against the pacers as he is against the spinners, the selectors can give him a longer rope.
Two of the Delhi Daredevils batsmen who have been knocking at the door of the Indian team are Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. What gives Pant an edge over Iyer is that he is also a capable keeper and can hence bring more to the table.
Moreover, Pant can consider him more unfortunate than his DD Captain as according to many, he is a better T20 batsman than Iyer. His power hitting and ability to clear the ground makes him special.