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I would still pick Ajinkya Rahane over Ambati Rayudu: Sourav Ganguly

10 May, 2018, 14:06 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain, has criticised the exclusion of Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane from the ODI and T20I squads to take on Ireland and England next month. A harsh decision. I would still pick Ajinkya Rahane ahead of Ambati Rayudu. But he didn't like it when Iyer's name didn't appear in India's line-up for the one-off Test against Afghanistan.

The triple century maker in his debut Test against England in late 2016, Karun Nair, is in news again for capturing place created due to Kohli's absence. Rahane, on the other hand, has scored 239 runs at 29.87.

He was dropped, however, after managing 54 runs in three innings against Australia. Could be. Or is it as Kohli had said in Durban: All options still open?

Another Mumbaikar, Shardul Thakur, finds a place in the 15-man Test squad, while there is a comeback for Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm chinaman bowler. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma, who are now playing in English county, have managed to retain their places in Test squad. His global experience encompasses seven T20Is and three ODIs.

Meanwhile, the ODI squad comprises first-choice picks, with the inclusion of Rayudu coming after Jadhav was ruled out of the IPL with injury. On the contrary, selectors' rewarded Ambati Rayudu, who has had a prolific outing in the 11th edition, where he is a genuine contender for the Orange Cap after scoring 423 runs from 10 matches.

Rahul has also been recalled to the 50-overs side, having last played an ODI in August 2017.


Medium pacer Siddarth Kaul, who has impressed with 13 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad, has also been rewarded with a berth in both the limited-overs worldwide squads.

"I had said earlier that Ajinkya Rahane would be looked at as a third opener but that situation can change because he has batted at No. 4 in a World Cup (in 2015) before".

Squad for T20I series vs Ireland & England: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddharth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

Shreyas Iyer and Ambati Rayudu have been selected in ODI squad for the three-match ODI series in England.

India A will be playing against England A and West Indies A in the ODI tri-series. He is now the captain of the team for the lone Test against Afghanistan in mid- June in Bangalore.

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