By: Sandipan Bose
The Indian selectors went in with the known face instead going for in-form players, who have played well in the IPL. India have picked a safe 15-member squad for next month’s Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom.
Unlike last time when the selectors had picked a third spinner instead of a regular middle-order batsman. This meeting in the Capital on Monday saw left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav being left out of the squad.
Perhaps, the selectors thought it fit to pack the squad with an extra batsman because some of the top-order batter aren’t in form. Some of them also struggled in IPL and, therefore, the focus was not to pick an extra spinner.
However, the selectors may have missed the opportunity to pick a quality spinner like Kuldeep. He could have been a very good inclusion. Considering the fact that he has evolved a spinner and has the mystery bit attached to his name.
Kuldeep’s selection would have been a sensible one. It was also made clear that the selectors won’t trust any youngster for a tournament as important as the Champions Trophy.
Therefore, ignoring those who have been the proven lot was completely out of question. From here, it would be interesting to see how India shape up for the event before they take on big teams.