‘They were in the World Cup squad. Now, they are nowhere’ | Cricket

Team India got back into action in the shortest form of the game earlier this month with the run of five games against South Africa. The series ended in a 2-2 draw with the deciding fifth T20I being washed away in Bengaluru. One of the standout aspects of India’s forays throughout the series was the team management’s decision to set up the same playing XI in all matches, despite successive defeats in the first two matches.

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There were a few new faces in the Indian squad for the South African series – one of them was speedster Umran Malik, who was touted to make his debut. Umran is also part of the Indian squad for the two-T20I series against Ireland later this month, and has captured the attention of fans and former cricketers alike for his incredible pace. Throughout the 2022 Indian Premier League, Umran continued to break the 150km/h barrier with relative ease, taking 22 wickets in 14 matches (the fourth highest in the league).

During a discussion on Star Sports, the possibility of Umran Malik being part of the T20 World Cup squad was widely discussed and former Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar made a comment about the same. While Bangar insisted that Umran would make his debut for the global tournament in Australia, it is important that the selectors put their trust in him.

“He will definitely make a debut (before the T20 World Cup). By the time the West Indies tour is over, I think he would have played at least five games,” Bangar said.

“But if the results are not in your (India’s) favor at the World Cup, you could be thrown out right away. You (the host) took some names (Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar), they were in the World Cup squad, now they are nowhere. They’re not even close to the squad. So you don’t want such a talented player to be thrown out just because the results are not in the team’s favor,” Bangar said.

Team India will return to action in its shortest form on June 26, when all-rounder Hardik Pandya will lead the squad in the first game of the series against Ireland in Malahide.

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