ENG v IND, 2018: Five surprising inclusions in India ODI and T20I squads
Do these players deserve a chance? All of them failed to live up to the expectations.
Updated - May 9, 2018 9:25 am
The Cheif Selection committee has announced the squads that will be flying to England earlier on Tuesday. The squads for the limited-over series have been announced. Team India will be playing a 3-match T20I series that will be followed by a 3-match ODI series this English summer. The tour will begin on July 3, 2018, and will pan all the way till September 11, 2018.
While the core of the squad remains unchanged from the series earlier, there are a few surprises. A few of the players who haven’t been in the best of their forms were picked in the side. While some of these players have performed well in the IPL thus far, their selection wasn’t expected this soon.
Here are five surprising inclusions in the ODI and T20I squads:
1. Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey has retained his place in the Indian team despite a string of poor performances. Pandey hasn’t had the best of IPL this year and is struggling with the bat. He hasn’t been timing the ball as well and is struggling to hit the big shots. Pandey has last played an ODI in December last year and is rightly axed from the ODI squad.
However, he was picked in the T20I squad. He didn’t have any substantial scores in the Nidahas Trophy that justify his selection. In the IPL, he has only scored 184 runs in 10 innings which also included two slow-paced 50’s. In the last eight T20Is played for India, he only had one noteworthy performance where he scored 79 off 48 against South Africa. Considering the recent form, he is definitely the most surprising inclusion in the T20I squad. It will be interesting if he will make it into the playing XI.