The Board of Control Cricket in India announced the Indian squad for the upcoming series against South Africa. Indian cricket fans were not impressed by some decisions of the selection led by Chetan Sharma. To be specific, picking up Venkatesh Iyer was the main question, given the performance he had in IPL 2022. Cricketing experts were also asking why Iyer has got the chance but not Rahul Tripathi and Sanju Samson.
KL Rahul was announced as the captain to lead the men in Blue against the Proteas. Rishabh Pant will be his deputy. Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, and Kuldeep Yadav make a comeback after their stupendous performances in IPL 2022.
Since his India debut, Iyer’s form has taken a major dip in his performances. Even in IPL 2022, Iyer could only manage 182 runs in his 12 innings. On the other hand, Tripathi has arguably been one of the best batters in this IPL season. The right-hand batter scored 413-runs with a magnificent rate of 161.72.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Samson has scored 374-runs with a fine strike rate of 147.24. He has been scoring quick runs and notched up two half-centuries. Both batters have been consistent run-scorers in the IPL for the last few seasons and have done no wrong to deserve a call when seniors are resting.
Senior players Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are rested for the T20I series. Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik have got a maiden India call-up. The express quick bowler has taken 21 wickets in 13 matches for SunRisers Hyderabad in this season of IPL.