First answer: By finally including Prithvi Shaw in the T20I squad against New Zealand, the selectors may have tried to answer that all the rumors about the Mumbai youngster have no merit. But, the question still remains. Will Shaw get a direct entry into the playing XI with Shubman Gill and Ishaan Kishan and Rituraj Gaikwad at the helm?
Second answer: By including both Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan in the squad for the first two Tests against Australia, the selectors have made it clear that Surya will get chances in all formats. Along with this, Ishaan will also be tried in the test. But, here also the question remains an important one that Andhra’s KS Bharat has also been selected as the first wicket-keeper batsman in the team.
If Bharat is in the playing XI, there will be no room for Kishan who can play the role of an aggressive batsman in the middle order with Rishabh Pant. But, the problem with Kishan is that he hasn’t kept for his home state Jharkhand in Ranji Trophy in the recent past. So for the role of an aggressive batsman, Surya will be preferred or Shreyas Iyer. This will be a headache for the team management for the next month.
Third answer: Sanju Samson was ruled out of the ODI series against Sri Lanka due to injury but when the selectors announced both the white ball teams, the very popular Sanju’s name was nowhere in it. Not only this, nothing was said about Sanju’s injury or fitness. And the question remains the same here as well. Regarding the fitness of Ravindra Jadeja, the BCCI made it clear that his inclusion in the first two Tests against Australia depends on his fitness, but it was not said that Jadeja should prove his fitness by playing at least one Ranji match for Saurashtra. Will be
Similarly, Jasprit Bumrah’s name is not there in any of the three teams but there was no update about him either. While KL Rahul and Akshar Patel will not be available against New Zealand due to personal reasons, it was clearly stated. KS Bharat has benefited from Rahul’s absence, while Bengal’s Shahbaz Ahmed is back in the team in exchange for Akshar.
Fourth answer: The selectors have also made their opinion clear about Kuldeep Yadav. Kuldeep is one of the few players who has managed to find a place in every team. However, the selectors have not included Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in every team and the question remains whether their era is really over in T20 cricket as both these legends were available for the T20 series against New Zealand. .
Fifth answer: Rahul is Rahul and this has been proved once again by the selectors by making him the vice-captain of the Test team. It is a big question in itself to give priority to Rahul for captaincy in red ball cricket despite not impressing much as a captain.
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