The Men in Blue almost played a full-strength squad in the first ODI against the Aussies and won it. However this is the last series before the World Cup. As a result India needs to finalize their team selection for the World Cup.
There are some players who are still auditioning for the couple of spots left in World Cup squad. However they didn’t feature in the first game. The team selection remained unchanged in the second game too. As a result they will not get more opportunities.
Cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra has serious allegations against this. He said that Siddarth Kaul was taken into the squad for the first two matches. He will then be replaced by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Kaul is in line for the fourth seamer position. But now he has not got much opportunity to show his skill. He has played only a solitary T20 game which doesn’t show his skills much.
Moreover skipper Kohli has clearly said that IPL performances will not affect World Cup position. This means Kaul will not get another opportunity, which is totally unfair to the bowler.
Aakash said in a video on Twitter, “Siddarth Kaul, this is his last match. If he doesn’t play in this match, he isn’t even part of the squad for the last three matches. Bhuvi will come and he will play. So if we are thinking Kaul as a World Cup prospective then where are we giving him that opportunity. He had played just one T20I. Will that decide his World Cup fate?”
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What will happen to KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant?
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KL Rahul had an extremely well T20I series against the Men in Yellow. But Kohli had said that Rahul needs to do well in the fifty-overs format to be picked as a backup opener. This means Rahul has now just three games to prove himself now.
The same case is with Rishabh Pant too. The wicketkeeper-batsman missed out the first two ODIs and had only two low T20 scores to his credit. Aakash said that Dinesh Karthik was dropped to give Pant a chance. But now he is warming the bench which is not right.
“KL Rahul has form. You did give him that opportunity and he did score runs. But will his T20I performance help in deciding his World Cup spot? That will be wrong because Kohli had mentioned that IPL form will not decide World Cup selections.
“Is Rishabh Pant part of the scheme of things? If he is part of it then when will he get the opportunity to bat and score runs? Because he hasn’t scored a lot of runs. He is not giving me a lot of confidence, as of now. And if he doesn’t play this time will he give you that amount of confidence that you can take him for the World Cup?” Chopra further added.