The national selectors on Sunday announced the squad for the 5 match T20 series against South Africa starting June 9 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
While senior players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah were rested from the series. Young bowlers Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik earned their first call up to the Indian side.
Veteran WK batter, Dinesh Karthik courtesy of his brilliant performance for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2022 also returned to the squad after 3-year hiatus. Rahul Tripathi was yet again ignored.
In the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul has been given the responsibility to lead while Rishabh Pant has been appointed as his deputy.
The noticeable omission or rather the non-selection of uncapped Rahul Tripathi has generated a lot of noise as he has been in terrific form for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing IPL season.
Cricket Pundits Feel Rahul Tripathi Should Have Been In India’s Squad
Before the squad announcement, it was hugely speculated that Tripathi would make the squad especially since the senior players were being rested and Suryakumar Yadav was injured. But despite that, the selectors went in with experienced Shreyas Iyer who had a memorable series against Sri Lanka where he scored over 200 runs without being dismissed in the 3 games.
But Iyer’s form in IPL was pretty inconsistent yet he has been retained. Selectors also retained Venkatesh Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ishan Kishan all of whom have had a forgettable IPL.
On the other hand, Rahul Tripathi has scored 393 runs in 13 games with a massive strike rate of 161.73. It also includes 3 fifties. Last season too Tripathi had scored 397 runs at a strike rate of over 140. He has been the real intent merchant for his side in the IPL. He is also very flexible with his batting position. Despite having yet another terrific season, he has been ignored by the selectors. Social media didn’t take it positively as a lot of people questioned his non-selection.
Here Is How Twitter Reacted:
There was room for both Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi in the T20I squad ahead of as many as three players imo. But they got overlooked as usual. Samson should have been there at least, if not Tripathi. It's not like they are one season wonder after all. #INDvSA
— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) May 22, 2022
That would have allowed Rahul Tripathi to make it https://t.co/oJnJWdkagm
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 22, 2022
Rahul Tripathi deserved a chance too! Really unlucky to miss out!
— Mohsin Kamal (@64MohsinKamal) May 22, 2022
Feeling sad for Rahul Tripathi 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/x3zYLdP3vq
— Theju_SunShine🌄💃🖤 (@ThejaTheju3) May 22, 2022
Feel for Rahul Tripathi who deserves more than Ruturaj and Ishan https://t.co/CPabTBvFGs
— RUSHIKESH (@RushikeshBelote) May 22, 2022
BCCI selector 1: Rahul Tripathi ko dekha hai kitna tez khelta hain?
BCCI selector 2: Haan ji. Bahar rakho kahi humare baaki players ko na bigad de.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) May 22, 2022
— Varul Chaturvedi🇮🇳 (@VarulChaturved5) May 22, 2022
— CRICKETNMORE (@cricketnmore) May 22, 2022
Hope Rahul Tripathi won't suffer what Suryakamar Yadav did.
— Gaurav Gawade (@AshTonisher88) May 22, 2022
Indian team ko strike rate chahiye hi nhi aurr bus khelne ka way apne aap change ho jaye feel for rahul tripathi
— Nikhil srk (@srk_nikhil) May 22, 2022
Rahul Tripathi should have got the T20I call up #IndvsSA
— Abhirama (@abhirama_cs) May 22, 2022
Even after doing good performances year after year, Rahul Tripathi is not being given a chance in the #indiancricketteam team, why? #IndvsSA #Asksportstak @rawatrahul9 @vikrantgupta73 https://t.co/KPFu7qNYIY
— Mayank Pokhriyal (@MayankP08428335) May 22, 2022
Ishan kishan over Rahul tripathi?? For real??
— Kavya Maran (@KavyaMaran3) May 22, 2022
— Deepesh Gupta (@deepesh_1504) May 22, 2022
Rahul Tripathi should have been selected in T20I ..Feel sad for this guy. 😔#IndvsSA
— Deepak K (@deepakkumar_dpk) May 22, 2022