The Indian selectors announced the 15 member squad for the ICC Champions Trophy to be held in England. The squad does not contain too many surprises and all the regular members of the side have been included. Virat Kohli will captain the side, and veterans MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh have also been included in India’s Champions Trophy squad. Rohit Sharma and Mohd. Shami have made a comeback to the Indian team.
There are some players who would feel unlucky to miss out on a spot in the squad, considering their brilliant performances in the Indian Premier League. Here we look at 5 of them:
1) Gautam Gambhir:
The southpaw has been in stunning form for KKR and has led his team’s charge in the IPL. KKR have recorded 8 wins in the tournament so far and Gambhir has been fantastic in both his batting and captaincy. Considering the absence of KL Rahul and the inconsistency of Dhawan and Rahane, Gambhir deserved a chance. His experience could have proved vital for the Indian side in foreign conditions. He has proved his mettle in ICC tournaments earlier and could have been extremely handy for the team. He should consider himself to be extremely unlucky to have been left out.
2) Robin Uthappa:
Like his captain, Uthappa too has been in sublime touch in this tournament and has led his team to numerous wins. Uthappa looks a different player with the change in his technique. Fans and experts had called for his inclusion in the side, and it seemed justified as well, with the kind of form he is in. But the Indian selectors opted for Rahane. Uthappa would have been the backup opener as well as the wicketkeeper and should have definitely been included in the side.
3) Sanju Samson:
The Kerala batsman has been the silver lining in an otherwise disappointing season for the Delhi Daredevils and has been in sublime touch at the top of the order. Samson had a disappointing Ranji season, but has found his Mojo back in the IPL and is striking the ball sweetly. He could have been the backup wicketkeeper as well in case Ms Dhoni suffers an injury. But the young batsman should not get bogged down and should continue doing his work, as he is the future of Indian Cricket and is sure to attract the attention of selectors in the near future.
4) Sandeep Sharma:
The Punjab pacer has been outstanding with the new ball and has accounted for batsmen like Kohli, Gayle and De Villiers in a single game. Sandeep swings the ball both ways and is extremely accurate with his line and length. He would have added an extra dimension to the Indian bowling attack in the tournament and the English conditions would have suited him. But the good form of Umesh, Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah meant Sandeep had to miss out on a place in the squad. He is still quite young and would surely get a chance in the national side in the future.
5) Nitish Rana:
The Mumbai Indians batsman has been a real find of the tournament and can hit the ball a long way. He has been the best batsman in a side boasting the likes of Rohit Sharma, Pollard, Buttler and Rayudu, and that is no mean feat. Rana is known for his six hitting and could have finished off the innings on a real high if given the chance. But he is sure to get a chance in the side in the future as he has got immense potential to succeed at the highest level.