Last Update on: July 8th, 2023 at 02:21 pm
Former BCCI President and Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is celebrating his 51st birthday on July 8. The former Indian skipper who retired from international cricket in 2008 recently completed his term as the BCCI President and did some valuable work in the meantime. Former Indian cricketer Roger Binny succeeded him in the post.
Ganguly after serving his time as the BCCI President joined Delhi Capitals as the Director of Cricket. He worked closely with the likes of Ricky Ponting and Ajit Agarkar. Agarkar eventually became the new Chairman of Selector with Ganguly forwarding him his best wishes.
The BCCI selection committee under Ajit Agarkar named the Indian T20I squad for the West Indies series, a day after Agarkar’s selection as the new chief of the selection committee. He will head the panel along with other members namely, Shiv Sundar Das, Salil Ankola, Subroto Bannerjee, and Sridharan Sharath.
They named a 15-member Indian T20I squad including new faces like Tilak Varma, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Mukesh Kumar. While these players were added to the squad, names like Rinku Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Jitesh Sharma were snubbed from the squad.
Gaikwad is included in India’s Test and ODI squads which were announced earlier. However, in the presence of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill as designated openers, it will be interesting to see whether he gets his chance as an opener. Jaiswal is primed to replace Cheteshwar Pujara at number three.
Rinku Singh’s omission from the T20I squad made a lot of noise within the Indian cricket fraternity. The Southpaw scored 474 runs in 14 matches for KKR in IPL 2023 at an average of 59.25. Everyone expected him to be named for the West Indies series and his omission came as a big surprise.
They Need To Keep Playing: Sourav Ganguly On Snubbed Indian Players
Ganguly while talking to Rev Sportz, said that all of these players will need to keep performing and wait for their chance for a call-up.
“They just have to keep playing. They will have to keep performing in whatever chances they get. It happens all the time. Only 15 can be picked in the squad, and 11 can play. So, somebody has to miss out. I am pretty sure their time will come” Ganguly concluded saying.
India’s 15-Member T20I Squad For West Indies Named By The Ajit Agarkar-Led Selection Panel
Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Surya Kumar Yadav (VC), Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya (C), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar