Friday, October 07, 2022

India vs Ireland: Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer likely to be dropped from T20I squad due to commitment for Birmingham Test

The BCCI on Wednesday appointed Hardik Pandya as the captain of India’s T20 squad to tour Ireland later this month, leaving KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer out of the team altogether. India will play Ireland in Dublin on June 26 and 28 in a two-match bilateral series. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been made the vice-captain.

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While Rahul’s next outing for Men in Blue is still up in the air due to his injury, Pant – who captained India in Rahul’s absence in the T20Is against South Africa – and Iyer’s omission has fueled speculation on his form. and whether they have been dropped from the side or not.

However, the decider of the postponed Test series against England is set to take place from July 1 to July 5, three days after the conclusion of the tour of Ireland. Both Pant and Iyer have been included in the Test squad and will head straight to Birmingham to work on their red-ball game, which probably explains their omission from the T20 side.

The three have been replaced by Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi. This series marks Yadav’s return to the Indian team, after injury he was ruled out for South Africa, while Samson has been called up after failing to make it to the squad once again. The 27-year-old led Rajasthan Royals in the recently concluded IPL final as captain. This is also Tripathi’s first call-up in the Indian team.

After the end of the last Test, India will play three T20Is and three ODIs in England. The team selected for those matches is likely to more accurately represent the team’s best limited overs team.

way forward

Two different teams for T20 and Test can represent the future of Indian cricket. The model was tested once more recently when India took on England in a still inconclusive Test series last year, and a different team captained by Shikhar Dhawan played a limited-overs series (3 ODIs and 3 ODIs) at home with Sri Lanka. 3 T20Is).

But with the recent record-breaking broadcast deal of the IPL, the franchise league’s season is likely to be extended in the coming years. Also, the BCCI has stated that they are committed to developing India’s senior men’s cricket team across formats, ensuring a full-fledged bilateral series every year.

With schedules piling up, the same set of players is unlikely to be available for the series across formats at this rate, which could prompt the selectors to explore the possibility of keeping their T20I and Test squads separate . year.

If this is the way forward, it is likely to have an impact on the development of players. For example, if Rishabh Pant will be more involved in the Test squad, Rahul Dravid & Co may decide to draft Hardik Pandya, whose lower back injury has severely affected the number of overs he bowls. He has been interrupted, ending his chances of playing in Tests as India’s next limited overs captain.

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The same can be said of Ishan Kishan and Harshal Patel, whose styles of play are much better suited to the limited-overs format, and will likely be developed in a similar way. More experienced all-format players like Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah will also need workload management with increasingly hectic schedules.

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