3 Indian ODI specialists who might not play Test cricket again
Indian cricket these days has been under a lot of scrutinies, majorly for their selections and their tendency to defy the perpetual cricketing logic. In their recent 1-4 series loss against England, the skipper and the coach were criticized for some of their on-field tactics and certain team selections.
In the recently selected Indian Test squad for the home series against a mediocre West Indies side, selectors have taken some bold decisions in terms of future of certain players in the longest format of the game.
The decision was taken as a consequence of their dismal run in the past for India in Whites. This means a clear message has been sent to the players over uncertainty on their spot in Test cricket. By the looks of it, it can be assumed that the team management demands performance as none can survive merely based upon their reputations.
Here's a look at 3 Indian ODI specialists who can possibly see an end to their Test careers after exclusion from the Test squad.
#3 Dinesh Karthik
The veteran wicket-keeper batsman from Tamil Nadu received a Test call-up after an exile of eight years when he was roped in for the last Test against South Africa. However, Dinesh failed to make it to the XI. But destiny once again saw him in the Test squad, ahead of Parthiv Patel, when Saha failed to recover from his injury, as he boarded the plane to the UK.
Dinesh was in the XI for the first Test but he bagged a duck in the 1st innings and missed an absolute chance to take India home in the 2nd innings. Even in the 2nd Test, where every batsman failed, the wicket-keeper batsman was no different with scores of 1 and 0 in the respective innings. His poor run in both the Test matches saw him sidelined for the rest of the series and even left out from the series against West Indies.
It is certain that Dinesh has been discarded from the Test setup with India planning to invest more in youngsters such as Pant and Ishan Kishan.