The Indian cricket team recently announced its 18-member squad for the upcoming Test series against South Africa. The squad includes several new faces, while some experienced players have been dropped.
The most shocking of these changes is the exclusion of Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane was recently made vice-captain for the Test series against West Indies, but he has now been dropped from the team. Rahane’s Test career has been struggling for some time now. He has scored a total of just 11 runs in the last two Test series.
In addition to Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara has also been dropped from the Test team. Pujara has also been in poor form for some time now. He has scored a total of just 362 runs in the last 12 Test matches.
The team includes several new faces, including Sai Sudarshan, Rinku Singh, Rajat Patidar and Yuzvendra Chahal. Sai Sudarshan and Rinku Singh are both performing well in domestic cricket. Rajat Patidar had recently performed well in the IPL. Yuzvendra Chahal is an experienced spinner who has performed well in international cricket in recent times.
Thus, there have been many changes in the Indian Test team in the last four months. These changes suggest that a new beginning is being prepared in the Indian cricket team.
Some experts believe that dropping Rahane and Pujara is the right decision. They say that both players have been in poor form for some time now and have become a burden to the team.
Some other experts believe that it is too early to drop Rahane and Pujara. They say that both players are still experienced and can play an important role for the team.
Now it remains to be seen what effect these changes will have on the Indian Test team.