On Tuesday (31st October), the national selectors announced India’s squads for New Zealand and Bangladesh tours. The selection panel led by Chetan Sharma announced four different squads, including the squad for the T20I series on the New Zealand tour. The Men in Blue will play a T20I series followed by an ODI series against the Kiwis just after the World Cup.
Understandably, the selectors have decided to rest senior players after the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 as skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul are not part of the Indian squad. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who currently only plays in the T20 format has been named the skipper of the Indian team in T20Is.
Meanwhile, the likes of Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, and Deepak Hooda have found a place in the Indian batting. At the same time, Kuldeep Yadav has made a return to the Indian T20I setup, while Mohammed Siraj and Umran Malik have also marked their return to the Indian T20I team.
However, some players have failed to find their names on the team sheet once again despite knocking on the national doors consistently. Hence, in this post, we will take a look at three deserving players who missed out on New Zealand T20Is.
1. Rahul Tripathi
Over the last couple of years, Rahul Tripathi has grown into one of the best top-order batters in the Indian domestic circuit. The right-handed batter has proven himself by scoring runs consistently in the Indian Premier League as well.
The 31-years-old is one of the most complete batters out there courtesy of his ability to handle pace bowling and spin bowling with equal ease. Rahul Tripathi was part of the second-string Indian side on the Zimbabwe tour.
However, the batter didn’t get a game there and he is now dropped from the Indian team. It was a harsh move considering he didn’t get a chance to prove himself on the previous tour. The national selectors could have done better treatment with the talent as Rahul Tripathi deserved to be in the Indian team for the New Zealand T20Is.