5 players who are unlikely to make a comeback to the Indian T20I team

With the emergence of IPL, the contenders to feature in India’s shortest format has increased quite a lot.

With the emergence of IPL, the contenders to feature in India’s shortest format has increased quite a lot.
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Since the commencement of the mighty Indian Premier League, the contenders to feature in India’s shortest format have increased quite a lot. We have numerous T20 players who equally deserve the chance to play international T20s for India. Every IPL season gives some incredible unseen talents who catch the eyes of everyone including the selectors.

India was the first-ever nation to win a T20 World Cup when they defeated Pakistan in the final in 2007. After that win, the craze of 20-over cricket in India reached another level. The term T20 specialist has become an honorable tag nowadays. The players like Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya have been the best examples of this. To make it to India’s T20I side is not everyone’s cup of tea.

With the frequent introduction of fresh T20 players, it is becoming difficult for some players to make a comeback to the Indian T20I side. 2022 will see an ICC T20 World Cup, and the selection of the Indian squad for that tournament will be a tough call for the selectors. Probably, we have seen the last days of the international T20 careers of some Indian players.

Let’s try to decode five Indian cricketers whom we might not see playing T20Is again,

1- Manish Pandey

Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)

Despite getting a good amount of chances, Manish Pandey has still not got his rhythm. He has underperformed in numerous games and might not get many chances to play for India again. Manish Pandey was the first-ever Indian to score a hundred in T20 cricket. He did it in IPL 2009 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Everyone thought that he will be the next big thing for India.

However, he had to wait for six more years to get the India cap after scoring that ton. Pandey is now an experienced batter having played T20 cricket for more than a decade. Manish has played many gutsy innings in IPL as well as in the domestic cricket but inconsistency has always been an issue with him. His career is on a downfall now.

The Lucknow Supergiants bought him at the auction for 4.60 cr for IPL 2022. As of now, he has only scored just 88 runs in six games at an average of 14.67 but will be to get back to form as soon as possible. Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav have effectively cemented their places in white-ball cricket for India so we might have seen the last of Manish in Indian colors.

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