Nitish Rana Posts A Cryptic Tweet After Getting Left Out Of The T20 Squad Against West Indies: On July 5, Wednesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed a 15-man squad for the upcoming T20I series against the West Indies. This announcement came shortly after the disclosure of the Test and ODI squads. In a surprising move, young cricketer Yashasvi Jaiswal has earned a spot on the team. Notably, the Mumbai batter also found a place in the Test squad.
Jaiswal delivered a standout performance in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), racking up 625 runs in 14 games. This amounted to an average of 48.08 and a strike rate of 163.61. Furthermore, after a significant gap, Avesh Khan has received a recall to the Indian side. In addition, Bengal pacer Mukesh Kumar, who debuted in the 2023 IPL season, has been included in the team.
However, a few significant names were missing from the squad, with Nitish Rana’s omission raising eyebrows. The left-handed batter from Delhi had an impressive 2023 IPL season, scoring 413 runs in 14 matches. This equates to an average of 31.77 and a strike rate of 140.96. Rana also led the Kolkata Knight Riders this year in the absence of Shreyas Iyer.
WI vs IND 2023: Nitish Rana was not picked in the T20 squad against West Indies
Following the announcement, the 29-year-old posted a cryptic message on his social media account, which read: “Bad days build better days.” Although he has played two T20Is and a single ODI, his last appearance for India was nearly two years ago. Despite a strong performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali season, it appears that his efforts failed to win over the selectors.
— Nitish Rana (@NitishRana_27) July 5, 2023Advertisement
While Nitish Rana’s absence may be disappointing for some, another southpaw, Tilak Varma, has been included. The 20-year-old Mumbai Indians player has proven to be a consistent performer for the five-time IPL champions. Over the course of 25 IPL matches, Varma has accumulated 740 runs, with an average of 38.95 and a strike rate of 144.53.
In conclusion, the newly announced T20I squad reflects BCCI’s effort to bring in young talent while balancing it with experienced players. As we gear up for the series against the West Indies, it’s clear that while some players’ absences may be felt, new faces like Jaiswal and Varma are ready to step up. For fans and cricketers alike, it’s an exciting time, filled with anticipation for the matches to come.