The BCCI, on Thursday, announced a 20-man India squad to tour Sri Lanka for three ODIs, followed by as many T20Is from July 13 to 25. Left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan has been named the India captain for the first time in his career, and senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is appointed the vice-captain of the side.
As many as 5 players – Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana, K Gowtham, and Chetan Sakariya – have been given their maiden call-ups to the national squad; the likes of Prithvi Shaw and Manish Pandey are re-called to the India setup.
Other than that, Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, R Sai Kishore, and Simarjeet Singh are selected as reserve bowlers to travel with the squad.
However, there are few players who may consider themselves unlucky to miss out on the selection.
5 Players Who Didn’t Get A Place In India Squad For Sri Lanka Tour:
Jalaj Saxena, the 34-year-old all-rounder from Madhya Pradesh, has been made to wait a long time for his India call-up. That wait continued to increase, and probably might not ever get a call considering he didn’t find a place in the second-string squad.
He is a first-class veteran with 123 matches to his name, in which he scored 6334 runs and taken 347 wickets, putting up outstanding numbers year after year; he has 1957 runs in 99 List-A games along with 116 wickets. He has been excluded at times from India A as well despite scoring over 500 runs in six out of the last eight Ranji Trophy seasons, and taking over 40 wickets in three out of the last five seasons.