BCCI announced India’s squad for the Sri Lanka tour on Thursday. A 25-member squad has been announced including six new inclusions and five net bowlers. The series consists of six games (3 ODIS, 3 T20Is) with Shikhar Dhawan leading the side and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as his deputy. Dhawan is the most experienced player in the squad and likewise has been shouldered the captaincy responsibilities.
The series will be played between July 13-28 at Colombo’s Premadasa stadium. The ODIs will be played between July 13-18. While the T20Is will be played between The tour well and truly kickstarts India’s preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup expected to be played in the UAE later this year in October. The players included in the squad are all T20 specialists and thus it will be an interesting observation to see who makes the most of the given opportunity.
Meanwhile, there have been some shocking exclusions as well. The likes of Jaydev Unadkat, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, and Rahul Tewatia have been ignored for the upcoming tour. These have been shocking decisions especially when a 25-member squad was and a few key players have not been included.
In this article, we try to figure 3 shocking decisions that BCCI took as they named a jumbo squad for the six-match tour.
3 Shocking Decisions In India’s Squad For Sri Lanka
The Exclusion of Harshal Patel
2021 had been the year for bowling all-rounder, Harshal Patel. He gained a lot of spotlight in IPL 2021 in the opening fixture of the tournament this year as he picked the first five-wicket haul against Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Ever since that splendid outing, Harshal Patel didn’t look back.
When IPL 2021 came to a standstill, Harshal Patel was leading the Purple Cap race with 17 wickets in 7 matches. Considering his effectiveness at the highest level, Harshal Patel’s exclusion from the Indian squad for the Sri Lanka tour appears to be a dismal decision by the BCCI.