The final squad for the 5 match test series against England was announced on Wednesday by BCCI with some big names failing to make the cut. Some of the India A players managed to make it into the test side on the basis of their performance on the England tour, while some were unlucky to miss the bus inspite of having a great tour.
We look at some of the players, who failed to nail the spot in the India Test side for the series against England.
The talented youngster from Mumbai considered a bright prospect failed to make the cut inspite of an impressive display with the bat. The 18-year-old has been performing well in first-class matches, had a good debut season with IPL side Delhi Daredevils and is topping the runs chart for India A in England with a total score of 603 runs so far.
He has so far scored two centuries and a fifty on England tour. In the unofficial Test against West Indies A, he was dismissed for a golden duck, but the 18-year-old made a strong comeback to score 188 runs in the second innings to help his side draw the game. Even in the ongoing game against England Lions, he scored 62 whereas team India opener Murali Vijay and Karun Nair both failed with the bat.
If ever there is a player from the India A side who should have by now made the cut for team India, it should have been talented Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal. The right-hander is the second highest run-getter for India A on this tour with 511 runs from 8 matches.
With Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, and KL Rahul already occupying the openers slot in team India things look a little difficult for Agarwal. After a fantastic Ranji season where he scored 1,160 runs it looked like he would finally make it into the Indian side, but yet again he only faced disappointment without getting a sniff of making it to the squad and after an impressive performance with India A side he will be left wondering if he will ever get a chance to make it into India side.
The Uttar Pradesh seamer who made a name for himself with Chennai Super Kings is unlucky to not have found a spot in the Test side. Chahar recently debuted for India in T20I game against England. The right arm medium pacer who has the ability to swing the ball could have been a great addition to the side after injuries to frontline pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
The pacer has more than 100 wickets under his belt in the domestic circuit and would have been of great use in the English condition.
The spinner from Jharkhand who is currently playing the four day game with India A has so far scalped 12 wickets in 3 matches. The 28-year-old has been a consistent performer for Jharkhand in the domestic season and was expected to make it to the squad after an impressive display.
The pacer from Hyderabad, who has made his debut for India in the T20I format, has been impressive on the England tour picking up 15 wickets from 2 matches played so far. He has been impressive for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League and on the back of the performance he was drafted into the T20i side. In the first class career, he has 65 wickets from 16 matches at an impressive average economy of 2.90. His ability to move the ball would have been of great use for team India in English condition.