The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced India’s squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022. India is set to play Asia Cup and a number of series before the commencement of T20 World Cup 2022 in October. The World Cup will take place in Australia. Therefore, Asia Cup in UAE is very important in the selection of squad. As expected, there were plenty of surprises in the squad announced by the selectors. There were some surprises inclusions as well as some exclusions. Even after a good IPL 2022, Prithvi Shaw is not included in the squad. His omission from the squad is a great setback for his fans. Although, his name was not expected by experts in the squad but still his fans might want to know why Prithvi Shaw is not selected in India’s T20 squad for Asia Cup 2022?
India’s Asia Cup 2022 Squad
Rohit Sharma (Capt ), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, R Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Y Chahal, R Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar have been named as standbys.
Why Prithvi Shaw is not selected in India’s squad for Asia Cup 2022?
The young Delhi Capitals owner didn’t get a place in the Asia Cup squad because he was not even in the contention list for selectors. He is out of Indian T20 squad for a long time. There are already plenty of opening options for team India.
The opener of Delhi Capitals, Prithvi Shaw failed to get a place in the Indian squad for T20 series against SA. Shaw has made a comeback after his failure in Australia. He has been excellent for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022. Although Shaw was not much in contention for selectors but he still had an outside chance considering his good form.
India T20 World Cup 2021 Squad
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami
Standby players – Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
Why Prithvi Shaw is not selected in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad?
Prithvi Shaw was not selected in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 Squad because there are plenty of options at the opening spot. The likes of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli are already in the team as openers. Therefore, there was hardly any chance for Prithvi Shaw to make a cut in the squad. Even if the selectors decided to pick another backup opener then they would have gone for veteran Shikhar Dhawan.
The strike rate of Shaw has taken a huge step forward in IPL 2021. He has scored 308 runs from 8 innings at a strike rate above 166 in the first phase of IPL 2021. However, he will have to wait to get an entry in the Indian squad. Shaw’s big-hitting skills and his aggressive attitude against the bowlers could have helped India in the big tournament. Prithvi Shaw also performed good in the Sri Lanka tour. The right-handed batsman scored 43 and 49 in the 1st and 3rd ODI.
It is unfortunate that cricket fans will not see Prithvi Shaw in T20 World Cup this year.
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