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India announced their squads for the One-Day International (ODI) and T20 series in England, with the young Sanju Samson and Karn Sharma receiving their maiden call-ups to the national side. While there is always a room for the young and promising cricketers to be given a chance, there are others such as Yuvraj Singh who miss out on being selected. Devarchit Varma takes a look at players who possibly could have made it to the Indian squad…
India will be taking on England in a five-match ODI series after the conclusion of their Test series. The squad for the ODIs and the one-off Twenty20 was announced on Tuesday with Indian selectors giving maiden call-ups to the likes of Sanju Samson and Karn Sharma for the national side. While Samson is someone who has been making giant strides in the cricketing world – be it performing well the Indian Premier League (IPL), or for the India A side or even for the Under-19 side. Karn, who was ridiculed by many fans after being bought by a whopping Rs 3.75 crores by Sunrisers Hyderabad, also broke into the side after good showing in the IPL.
But there are many who were, a few seasons ago, an integral part of the Indian squad. The ICC 2015 World Cup is just six months away, and with each and every international side preparing for the biggest tournament, India have also left no stone unturned. The core group of the team was already formed few seasons back, and the biggest name that is missing from that list is Yuvraj Singh. The star all-rounder, who was India’s top performer and the Player of the Tournament in the last edition of the World Cup in 2011 is not only out from all formats at the moment, and there seems to be no hope for him after consistent failures at the top level.
Yuvraj missing the bus is perhaps the biggest development in the Indian cricket in the past couple of days. With the inclusion of Samson and Karn, the Indian selectors have given a straightforward and bold message that they wouldn’t be entertaining reputation over form. Yuvraj, since returning to cricket field after recovering from cancer, has made several comebacks into the side with some good performances here and there, but failed to achieve consistency. The final nail in the coffin for Yuvraj was perhaps in the final of the ICC World T20 2014 against Sri Lanka, wherein he copped a lot of blame for India’s shambolic show with the bat.
Cheteshwar Pujara spent a desperate year in 2013 wherein he did everything that he could to force his way into the ODI side, but a poor outing in Bangladesh during the three-match bilateral series hurt his chances. It might be possible that the Indian selectors keep ignoring him, and give him a break into the limited-overs’ side only after the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
In the bowling department, Amit Mishra was mighty impressive couple of months ago but injury has kept him away from the national side. Mishra though will be in the reckoning for series ahead in this year. Zaheer Khan is the another big name in this list, and with injury consistently keeping him away from cricket fields, it will be interesting to see if India’s most experienced pacer is able to push his case after he returns to action in the Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2014.
Among the core group of the Indian cricketers from the ICC 2011 World Cup are Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh, who also are far away from being selected in the Indian side in limited-overs cricket.
(Devarchit Varma is a reporter with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)
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