3 Surprising picks from India’s squad for Australia tour
Fans weren't expecting these three players to make it to the Indian squad.
Updated - Oct 27, 2020 11:28 am
The BCCI announced India squads for the upcoming Australian tour on Monday evening. The Indian team will tour Australia for a full-fledged tour after IPL 2020 ends. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team had been out of action for almost seven-eight months. However, the players would have enough match practice in IPL 2020 ahead of the crucial Australian tour.
The cricket universe is highly excited for this tour because it will feature an ICC World Test Championship series between the top two teams on the points table. India and Australia had crossed paths in the longest format of the game during the 2018-19 season, where Virat Kohli’s men made history by defeating the home side 2-1 in the 4-match Test series.
While a few fans argued that Australia missed the experience of David Warner and Steve Smith, the upcoming tour will serve as the perfect platform for the Indian team to silence their critics. Meanwhile, if the squad is concerned, BCCI made a few surprising choices in the squads for the ODI, Test, and the T20I series.
Here’s a look at three players whom the fans did not expect to make the cut:
1. Varun Chakravarthy – T20I squad
Perhaps, the most surprising name present among all three squads is of Varun Chakravarthy. The Kolkata Knight Riders leg-spinner had recently become only the second uncapped spinner to take a five-wicket haul in IPL history. He dismantled the Delhi Capitals with his magnificent figures of 5/20.
The mystery spinner has earned a place in the Indian T20I squad. He will have to perform well in the series because a good outing in Australia can possibly help him secure his spot in the India’s T20 World Cup squad as well. Besides, Varun should also note that many spin bowlers have earned a maiden call-up but they could not seal their position.
The selectors have tried the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Krunal Pandya, and a few other spinners in the T20I side. Unfortunately, none of them could cement their place and rather a couple of them got only a solitary match to prove their mettle before being dropped. Thus, Varun will be under some pressure to perform well Down Under.