Selecting Ambati Rayudu over Rahane is a harsh decision, says Sourav Ganguly

Selecting Ambati Rayudu over Rahane is a harsh decision, says Sourav Ganguly

Selecting Ambati Rayudu over Rahane is a harsh decision, says Sourav Ganguly

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the ODI and T20I squads for the upcoming tour to Ireland and England.

The selectors have also looked at Rahane as a potential replacement, if it does come to that, for Kohli.

The 'A+' category was created for those who are regulars in all three formats but Rohit, easily one of India's more talented limited overs batsmen, has featured in only 25 Tests since his debut five years ago in 2013 and yet got the nod for the top category.With Prasad, the chairman of the selection committee stating, "Except Virat, all Test specialists are playing this match", it was clear that Rohit has been dropped and not rested.

India team for T20I series vs Ireland: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddharth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

Sourav Ganguly, on the contrary, supported selectors' decision to recall Shreyas Iyer for the ODI series against England. However, they strangely found themselves out of T20 squads for Ireland and England despite amassing 351 and 423 runs respectively in ongoing IPL season till date. Kaul's ability to swing the ball as well as get in the yorkers has clinched the matters in his favour. Pant, 20, has carried the beleaguered Delhi Daredevils all IPL season with his eye-catching batting to the tune of 393 runs from 10 innings at a strike-rate of 173.12, the highest for all batsmen to play a minimum of 200 deliveries.

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Similarly, opener KL Rahul has been rewarded for his 471 runs and a strike rate of under 160 and replaces Manish Pandey in the team.

Having led India to a series win against Australia in Dharamsala Test in 2017, Rahane hogged the limelight for his calm demeanour that belies his aggressive approach on the ground. What was left in everyone's memory was his resilient 48 in second innings which helped India salvage some pride in the dead rubber.

The Test side will see the comeback of two of this Indian Premier League's impressive performers in Lokesh Rahul and Karun Nair - both of whom are part of the Kings XI Punjab outfit. He has rode back on his strong domestic performance. Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur have not been selected along with Axar Patel.

The Purple Cap continued to change hands on Matchday 31 of IPL 2018 on Monday as Bangalore's Umesh Yadav overtook Mumbai's Hardik Pandya in the bowlers' list.

"Shreyas Iyer is in the England ODI side which is a good decision".

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