Ajinkya Rahane’s omission for the three-T20I series against Australia despite scoring four consecutive fifties in the ODI series has ruffled a few feathers.
Legend Sunil Gavaskar and Rahane's coach Pravin Amre are among those who have made their displeasure clear. Questioning the logic behind Rahane's exclusion, Gavaskar told NDTVz “Rahane’s omission is not understandable. He just scored four consecutive fifties (in the ODI series) – why is he not in the (T20I) team? Now, KL Rahul is a fine batsman. But he did not play a single game in the five one-dayers. So why is he in the (T20I) team and not Rahane who scored four half-centuries.
“Some reason has to be given by the selection committee to say that Rahul is such a better player than Rahane in the one-day game, in the T20 format,” he added.
Amre, told cricketnext “Ajinkya is a like a soldier who is waiting to serve the country whenever picked. Also, I think he has matured a lot as a player and his statement after the announcement of the squad for the T20I series against Australia shows that he is not insecure of his position in the team.
“While I am not someone who is in a position to say if it is the right or wrong call by the selectors, what I can say is that he is already preparing for the upcoming series against New Zealand and will look to better the performance he put up against the Aussies,” he further said.
India and Australia play the first of the three T20Is at Ranchi on October 7.
--By A Cricket Correspondent