On Sunday, the BCCI announced the 18-member squad for the five-game T20I series against South Africa. While youngsters like Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik earned their maiden national call-up, SRH batter Rahul Tripathi has been ignored once again.
KL Rahul will lead the Indian side against the Proteas in the five-game T20I series post the Indian Premier League 2022. Meanwhile, another senior opener Shikhar Dhawan, who lead the Indian side against Sri Lanka, hasn’t been picked despite having a decent season with the bat.
On the other hand, names like Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Axar Patel, and Rishabh Pant have retained their place in the squad.
Rahul Tripathi fails to make the cut
The right-handed batter once again got unlucky as his name is not there in the T20I squad. The Sunrisers Hyderabad batter has been their best batter this season with 393 runs in 13 matches at a strike rate of over 161.
Meanwhile, some underperformers in the current edition of the IPL, including Ishan Kishan, Venkatesh Iyer, and Ruturaj Gaikwad have managed to retain their place in the T20I squad. Talking about the old faces, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, and Avesh Khan have been entrusted with their services.
At the same time, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, and Dinesh Karthik have made their return to the T20I series against South Africa.
India’s T20I squad: KL Rahul (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (VC, WK), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, and Umran Malik
The fans were not happy with the team selection as the selectors once again ignored Rahul Tripathi. They took social media to bash the BCCI and the selectors subsequently.
Check out the best Tweets here:
In the team, I had played around with in my mind, I didn't have KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant. I thought Tripathi and Sanju Samson would be in it. On Australian grounds, I still think Samson should be in a short list.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 22, 2022
Rahul Tripathi should be in the Indian squad for SA T20i series.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 17, 2022
Feel for Rahul Tripathi and Sanju Samson, both deserve to be part of the T20 setup. Two of them have been showing very good consistency with healthy strike rate in IPL in the last few years – hoping both will be part of the Ireland T20 series.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 22, 2022
— Cric Yaar (@cric_yaar) May 22, 2022
Still no Rahul Tripathi 🤦🏻……. pic.twitter.com/wx3JTDakoy
— Shubham Pandey (@Armorofarcanine) May 22, 2022
Wtf? Where is Rahul Tripathi. https://t.co/cmxrfm5cup
— Garima arora (@garimarora_) May 22, 2022
I know I know people will call me bias but where is Rahul Tripathi????????? https://t.co/XjKnhFpTnT
— Brown eyes 🏴☠️💜🖤 (@gungun005) May 22, 2022
Rahul Tripathi 😢😢😢😢
— Ranjay choubey (@ranjaychoubey) May 22, 2022
Justice for Rahul Tripathi…He deserves a place in #Indian team….😥😥
— Yuvraj (@yuvrajdz_16) May 22, 2022
Rahul tripathi deserve to be in squad..
— Junaid JK (@SaRfaraZ__KhaN_) May 22, 2022