Why Pant, Samson rather than KL Rahul for T20 WC? Agarkar and Rohit explain the real reason

Why Pant, Samson rather than KL Rahul for T20 WC?  Agarkar and Rohit explain the real reason

Ajit Agarkar and Rohit Sharma at a press conference©AFP

There was a lot of chatter around the wicketkeeper position in the Indian squad for the 2024 T20 World Cup and the selectors finally opted for Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson. The inclusion of two specialist wicketkeepers meant there was no room for KL Rahul in the 15-member team as well as in the reserve. It was a big call from the selectors given that Rahul has enjoyed good form in the ongoing IPL 2024 and also became the first wicket-keeper batter to score 400 runs in the competition this year. BCCI chief selector Ajit Agarkar spoke about the decision to not include KL Rahul in the team and said that they were looking for players who can bat in the middle order. On the other hand, Rahul played only as an opener for his IPL team Lucknow Super Giants this year.

“KL is a tremendous player. What we all know is that we were looking for guys who bat in the middle. We believe Sanju has the ability to come down the order if necessary. Rishabh bats at No. 5 for DC It's not about whether KL is better or these guys are better. It's about the locations we needed and we felt these two are better equipped at this point. in the second half of KL's innings leading at the moment (for his IPL team), Agarkar said.

Agarkar also spoke about the impact of IPL performances on Indian team selection.

“It's a bit of a challenge. You try to plan before the IPL starts. We've had conversations over the last few months anyway. You keep track of players' performances and fitness, but if you let yourself be influenced by 3 months of cricket then there is something wrong with the way you select players, we have been quite clear in our thinking.

Indian squad for T20 World Cup 2024: Rohit Sharma (VS), Hardik Pandya (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh pants, Sanju Samson, Shivam Dubey, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra ChahalArshdeep Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah.

Reserves: Shubman Gil, Rinku Singh, Khalil Ahmed, Avesh Khan

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