The All India Senior Selection Committee of the BCCI on Monday announced the squads for the upcoming limited over fixtures against Australia and New Zealand. MS Dhoni made his return to the T20I squad after being dropped from the shortest format in the series against West Indies (in November) and Australia (in December). Pandya and Kedar Jadhav also marked their returns to the squad, which pretty much looks like the core team for the 2019 World Cup scheduled to be played in England and Wales from May 30.
Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey was one of the few Indian cricketers who failed to make a cut into the squad. Pandey, who was drafted into the squad for the three match T20I series against West Indies on the back of impressve performances in List A cricket, failed to leave a mark on the selectors’ mind. The right hander could manage only 23 runs in the limited opportunities he could receive in the series.
The 29 year old was also included in the three match T20I series against Australia down under but did not get a chance to prove his mettle against the Aaron Finch led side. Pandey however got to feature in the India A squad for the three match series against New Zealand A, in which he 158 runs at an average of 52.67 with a highest score of 111* in the second encounter of the series at Mount Maunganui.
The exclusion from the squad definitely means that the 29 year old is no longer in the scheme of things going into the 2019 World Cup. This decision of the selectors, however, has left the fans fuming all over social media. While many feel that Pandey should have been retained, some argued over KL Rahul’s retention in the squad even after repeated failures and questioned the selection policy of the selection panel.
Here are some of the reactions:
KL Rahul is in India's Test team, ODI team and T20 team. He had better start delivering at least in one of the formats soon. Only very few are lucky to be given so many chances. #AUSvsIND
— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) December 24, 2018
— Santu (@santubhatkal) December 24, 2018
What the hell KL is doing there.. India should look for DK and Manish Pandey for ICC World Cup next year.. https://t.co/dxIo1ekiCl
— Vibrant Gemini (@vinaypotdar) December 24, 2018
— thalla mahesh goud (@thallamaheshgo2) December 24, 2018
Where is manish pandey
— Salman Dal (@i_am_salman97) December 24, 2018
Scored 36 ball 42 in 1st match & unbeaten 💯 to win 2nd match agst #nza & w/o given chance to prove he was dropped in #odi & Kedar the lazy fielder been in for #T20 #manish was in team at #asiacup #wi &got to play 1 mth #mskprasadidiot is screwed @karun126 & now @im_manishpandey
— Karthik Chandra (@BVKC82) December 24, 2018
Where is manish pandey 🙄
— S (@sanket7262) December 24, 2018
@BCCIdomestic @BCCI @RaviShastriOfc @imVkohli what the hell is this selection of team!!?? MSK prasad n team is completely out of mind or what? no @im_manishpandey in either of these teams but still keeping @klrahul11 in, such an arrogant coach n captain n useless selectors,
— राहुल (@Rahul3827) December 24, 2018
— Rajeev Ranjan 2.0 (@Imrranjan) December 24, 2018
So after poor performance at top in tests KL Rahul is better middle order batsman than @im_manishpandey "
RIP Selectors. Why so much feeding to Pant and KL ?@BCCI @RaviShastriOfc @imVkohli @MSKPrasad_ #AUSvIND
— जय ☃️ (@outside_waist) December 24, 2018