T20 World Cup 2024: 'I'm sitting at 5th in ICC Rankings' - Ravi Bishnoi's World Cup snub receives criticism from Irfan Pathan and fans

Published - 30 Apr 2024, 06:36 PM | Updated - 30 Apr 2024, 06:39 PM

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Ravi Bishnoi (PC: X)

The 23-year-old India National Cricket Team leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi was ignored as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday, April 30, announced the provisional 15-man squad for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024.

The 2024 edition of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup is set to be co-hosted by the West Indies and the United States from June 1 to June 29. The upcoming T20 WC will be the ninth edition of the T20 World Cup organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the England National Cricket Team will be entering the competition as defending champions as they defeated Pakistan in the final of the 2022 edition in Australia. Also, the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 will be the first-ever instance of 20 teams featuring in the competition.

Meanwhile, Ravi Bishnoi made his T20I debut for India in February 2022 and since the last year or so, he has regularly featured in the playing XI of the side. Bishnoi did a stunning job for the team as well and picked up 36 wickets in just 24 matches he played for the team in T20Is. He picked up his wickets at an average of 19.52, an economy of 7.50, and a strike rate of 15.6 with the best bowling figures of 4/16.

On the back of his brilliant performances, Ravi Bishnoi climbed to the No.1 spot in the ICC Men's T20I Rankings for bowlers in December. Currently, he holds the 5th position in the rankings along with Sri Lanka's Maheesh Theekshana and has 659 rating points.

The form of the young spinner recently saw a dip in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League and Ravi Bishnoi has failed to pick wickets regularly for LSG. In 9 matches in IPL 2024, Ravi Bishnoi has picked up 5 wickets at an average of 45.00, an economy of 8.77, and a strike rate of 30.80.

Ravi Bishnoi's poor form might have contributed to his World Cup snub as India went with 4 spinners in the 15-man squad in Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal. Looking at Ravi Bishnoi being ignored for the World Cup, Irfan Pathan took to X to state that the non-selectin would be a hard pill to swallow for the youngster.

"If I am Sitting pretty at 6th (5th) in the ICC T20i rankings, but not in the World Cup lineup, it’s a tough pill to swallow. #Ravibishnoi," Irfan Pathan wrote on X.

Here's How Fans Reacted To Ravi Bishnoi's T20 World Cup 2024 Snub:

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