20-man squad for Sri Lanka Tour to be held in Julyhas been announced. This time, along with giving a chance to many new faces, emphasis has been laid on giving place to young players. Especially those players have been included, who had performed brilliantly in the IPL. At present, the captaincy of the team has been handed over to veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan. So the vice-captain will be handled by fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
However, after the announcement of this squad, where the wait of the fans is over, many questions have been raised on the selectors even if many players are not getting the place. Especially those players who have been ignored in the team, these are the players who could have played an important role in India’s winning on this tour. In this special report, we are going to tell about the same three players who have been ignored for this tour.
Manish Pandey to be selected
First of all, let’s talk about Indian batsman Manish Pandey, who made his debut for Team India in the year 2015. Whose performance in the present time has not been anything special. For a long time, he is also being ignored in Team India. The last time he played the last ODI against New Zealand in the year 2020. Since then, he has been running out of the team continuously. But, he has been included in the 20-man squad on the Sri Lanka tour. On this tour, he can be given a chance in the lower middle order in the playing XI against the opposing team.
Because it is obvious that Team India would like to go with Suryakumar Yadav in the top order. Whereas in the middle order, which one will be given priority between Ishan Kishan or Sanju Samson. In such a situation, Manish Pandey can be sent to play at number 5 or number 6. His performance at this number has not been anything special. A big example of this was also seen in the IPL this year. He got many opportunities from Hyderabad side. But, he failed to play a winning innings.
In such a situation, it would not be wrong to say that his selection in the team is the biggest mistake of the Indian selectors. Manish Pandey has played 26 ODI matches for Team India so far. In which 492 runs have been scored at an average of 35.14. So there he has played a total of 39 T20 matches. In which total 709 runs have been scored at an average of 44.31.