Manjot Kalra may have had led India U19 team to a title victory with his century in the final of the Junior World Cup, but that could not get him a place in the Delhi squad for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy.
His name was already absent from the squad that was announced by the state association, and even now, his name has not been added to the 15-member squad. Surprisingly, his name is not there even in the list of standby players.
With the state association saying they would try to use Manjot next season, it can be assumed his name might not be added to the squad even now, which is a big surprise.
Manjot played a blistering inning of 101* in the final and made it count at the level where it mattered the most. The spotlight was on Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill, both of whom started well, but it was Manjot who did the final job. He carried the team par the asked total and ensured team India did not stumble in the chase in the big final.
The Prithvi Shaw-led boys chased down the total easily in the end and brought the title back home for the fourth time.
Many of the members of the India U19 team viz Prithvi Shaw, Anukul Roy, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, Ishan Porel will be joining their state teams for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, which will be a step forward for them.
However, Manjot might have to wait for the next season to make it to the senior level.
Though he is a part of the Delhi Daredevils franchise in IPL, he might not get a chance straightaway due to the presence Gautam Gambhir, Rishabh Pant, Jason Roy and Colin Munro right a the top of the order.
Same could be the case with Prithvi Shaw, who is yet to make his T20 debut. If the equation comes down to open with one of Shaw and Manjot, then the former might get the preference.
It’s a time for the state association to accelerate Manjot to senior level, as he is high on confidence at the moment and has an opportunity to reap benefits from the confidence after he shone for the team in the final of the tournament.
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