The India squad for the series against New Zealand was picked in Mumbai on Monday and contrary to what many thought, it seemed a very predictable team with not many new inclusions.
We now look at 5 players who were unlucky to have not found a place in the 15-man squad.
India have been lucky in recent times, that a very able group of fast bowlers have emerged. Among them is 24-year-old Shardul Thakur, who has not just been consistent in the domestic circuit, but has also shown a penchant for wickets in the matches against Australia A in their own backyard.
Thakur picked up 3 for 42 in the second innings of the recently-concluded first four-day warm-up game and took a couple of wickets in the solitary ODI game that he played on the tour as well.
Based on an impressive domestic season, he was also picked for India’s tour of the West Indies and it seemed like even if he didn’t find a berth in the playing XI immediately, he would do so in the series against New Zealand at some point.
But the selectors had other ideas and he will now have to return to domestic cricket and get back to taking wickets and impress the new selection panel.