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India vs Sri Lanka: Why is Rishabh Pant missing from India’s T20I, ODI squads 

India vs Sri Lanka, 2023: Rishabh Pant missing from the ODI squad for the Sri Lanka series in January. The BCCI is not clear in mentioning whether Pant was dropped or rested. 

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  • Rishabh Pant was not picked in India’s ODI, T20I squads
  • Pant played the recently-concluded 2-Test series in Bangladesh
  • Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul are among the notable absentees from the T20I side

Rishabh Pant missing from ODI squad: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) released the squads for the forthcoming home white-ball series against Sri Lanka on Tuesday. Rishabh Pant was one of the noteworthy omissions from both the ODI and the T20I squads. Ishan Kishan was chosen by India to play both ODI and T20 cricket. KL Rahul was also listed as a potential wicketkeeper for the ODIs.

Though Pant’s status as a wicketkeeper-batter was not mentioned by the BCCI in its news release, it has come to light that the organization has called for him to go to the National Cricket Academy so he may work on his strength and fitness.

It is understood that he has been asked to report to the NCA for a knee-strengthening rehabilitation program for two weeks. Hence, he will miss the entire Sri Lanka series, according to the news agency PTI.

India Vs Sri Lanka: Rishabh Pant’s Recent performance

During the team’s recent 2-0 triumph over Bangladesh in a 2-match Test series, Pant was a major contributor. In the vital 4-match Test series against Australia in February and March, Pant will be essential to India’s hopes.

Rishabh Pant, who has been regularly participating in white-ball formats, was also selected for a three-match ODI series in Bangladesh in November but, purportedly due to fitness concerns, came home the day before the series began.

After IPL 2022, Pant even captained India in a T20I series against South Africa, but the young wicketkeeper has struggled to maintain consistency in the game’s shortest format. Pant participated in 25 T20Is in 2022, but only managed to score 364 runs at a 21.41 average. At a touch over 130, he struck, and

On the other hand, Pant played 12 ODIs in 2022 and scored 336 runs, including a hundred and 2 fifties at an average of 37.33.

India vs Sri Lanka, BIG NAMES MISSING?

The team’s selection for the T20I series against Sri Lanka is interpreted as a hint of things to come because it also included senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, former captain Virat Kohli, and captain Rohit Sharma.

The vice-captain of the ODI team and the captain of the T20I team, respectively, are both Hardik Pandya. We’ll have to wait and see if Hardik has replaced Rohit as the primary T20I skipper.

As a reward for his consistency in the shortest format of the game, the selectors selected SuryaKumar Yadav the vice-captain of the T20I team.

Shikhar Dhawan, a veteran opener, was also left off of the ODI squad and it may be challenging for the 37-year-old to rejoin the team.

Squad for the Sri Lanka Series: 

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav. Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk). Hardik Pandya (VC), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav. Axar Patel, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh.

Akash Kumar
Akash Kumar
Hi! I am Akash, a professionally trained journalist who graduated from Delhi University. I have spent several years playing cricket at the State level for Jharkhand. My passion for cricket and thrive to explore truth via journalism helped me to develop a character called – Sports Journalist. My contribution towards writing would be always out of the true spirit that longs for the game that Indians like the most.

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