Why Washington Sundar is not selected in India’s Squad for Ireland T20 series?

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Why RCB didn't retain Washington Sundar ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction?
Why RCB didn't retain Washington Sundar ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction?

BCCI announced the Indian Cricket Team squad for T20 series against Ireland which  is scheduled to begin in Dublin on June 26. The T20 series will start just after the conclusion of India vs South Africa series. Many senior players have been rested for the series against both South Africa and Ireland. In the absence of senior players, Hardik Pandya has been named captain of India’s 17-member squad for the T20I series against Ireland. Pandya will make his captaincy debut for team India with this series. Hardik led his team Gujarat Titans to the trophy in their debut season of IPL. This is one of the major reasons behind his appointment as captain of Indian team. Washington Sundar has failed to get a place in Indian T20I Squad for Ireland Tour. Fans are quite upset with his omission and want to know the reason as to Why Washington Sundar is not selected in India’s Squad for Ireland T20 series?

India T20I Squad for Ireland Tour
India T20I Squad for Ireland Tour

India T20I Squad for Ireland Tour

India Squad: Hardik Pandya (C), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (vc), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, R Bishnoi, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik

India vs Ireland T20 Schedule 2022

First T20I- June 26, Malahide

Second T20I- June 28, Malahide

The Indian Cricket Team squad for upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 was announced on September 9 by the selectors. The 15-member squad has been filled with plenty of talented players. As expected, several notable names were missing from the Indian squad. Regular starters of Indian team like Shikhar Dhawan and Yuzvendra Chahal failed to get a place in the squad for T20 World Cup. Some unexpected names like Akshar Patel and R. Ashwin surprisingly got a place in the squad. Apart from these big names, Washington Sundar’s name was also missing from the list. Sundar would have perhaps been an automatic pick, but the selectors went for the experienced R Ashwin in his place. His fans are confused with his omission and want to know why Washington Sundar is not selected in India’s T20 World Cup Squad.

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Washington Sundar has already shown the early signs of the things to come. Sundar can follow the footsteps of his state teammate, Ravichandran Ashwin and can lead the Indian spin department in the future. Sundar is very efficient with new-ball in his hand. In 20 T20Is, he has picked 18 wickets at a stunning economy rate of 6.8.

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India T20 World Cup 2021 Squad

India T20 World Cup 2021 Squad
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 Washington Sundar is not selected in India’s T20 World Cup Squad?

Washington Sundar was a confirmed choice in the squad after his economical bowling performances with RCB in the first phase of IPL 2021. The reason behind Sundar’s non-selection is his finger injury which has already ruled him out of the Indian Premier League (IPL). It would be a risky to predict whether he recovers in time for the T20 World Cup. Even if he does, it would not be sensible to pick a player who has not played a game for almost six months. Therefore the selectors decided to not pick him. Sundar’s injury was a severe headache in terms of picking an off-spinner for the selectors. Therefore, the selectors went with Ravichandran Ashwin, no other name comes to mind in terms of off-spinner.

Washington Sundar finger injury
Washington Sundar finger injury

Chief selector Chetan Sharma said:

“Ashwin is an asset. He performed well in the IPL and we needed a player of his experience. We need an off-spinner with Washington (Sundar) injured. Ashwin is the only off-spinner in the squad. Varun is a mystery spinner who is a surprise package for the world.”

Washinton Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin
Washinton Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin

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