Experts feel Sanju Samson and Tripathi deserved chance

Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi did not make to T20Is team selected for SA series. KL Rahul got captaincy in the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma. As expected Virat Kohli skipped this series. Old horse Dinesh Karthik got a call-up after his superhero-ish finisher role for RCB to qualify for playoffs in IPL 2022.

He single-handedly won few impossible games for RCB and looked in red-hot form. Rishabh Pant even though failed to deliver in key matches kept his place as Wicket Keeper. Ishan Kishan got a call up too. Speedster Umran Mallik got a place in the squad along with Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Hooda, Venkatesh Iyer despite underwhelming season in IPL got a call-up. Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel got a chance with Hardik Pandya who had uneven season after recovering from injury. Experts felt Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi deserved a chance. Harbhajan Singh explicitly stated that on Twitter.

Ruturaj Gaikwad made to the squad. Yashashvi Jaiswal, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Mayank Pandey and Krunal Pandya did not make to the squad but Twitter is more upset with Rahul Tripathi who consistently performed well for SRH this season at a better strike rate (148) than Ishan Kishan (122) for MI. While many praised Dinesh Karthik inclusion, they did not like exclusion or overlook of Shikar Dhawan.

Looks like Selectors went for a team that could be tested against South Africa before announcing World T20 probable squad.

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