After Wriddhiman, Test pacer Ishant out of account; Rahane-Pujara on borrowed t- The New Indian Express

Through PTI

NEW DELHI: Ishant Sharma is set to skip the Ranji Trophy, Wriddhiman Saha has already retired and the path doesn’t look too easy for Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. At first glance, the wheels of change appear to have been set in motion with the upcoming home Test series against Sri Lanka in mind, as Ishant’s withdrawal from Ranji also puts a huge question mark over his international future.

It is understood that even Pujara and Rahane, who are playing Ranji Trophy, will need to score more than a wandering century to be considered, as their bad streak has been extended and a good run might not undo the damage that has already been done. do.

Ishant, 33, is the most experienced player in the current Indian Test setup with 105 Test matches and 311 wickets in his kitty, but he has been on the boil since the England tour.

On Wednesday, the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) selection committee met to choose Ranji’s team and despite the selectors as well as board members trying to get in touch with Ishant, they did not couldn’t get confirmation on his availability until the evening.

“As it goes on, if he says he wants to play, he will be included because he is a Delhi legend, but I don’t know what happened to him since he has been in solitary confinement since last week. He didn’t come for the Ranji team training sessions. We don’t know what he has in mind,” said a senior DDCA coach.

“We don’t know if the management of the Indian team said anything to him that could have changed his state of mind,” he added, rather confused.

The writing was on the wall as Ishant was not even considered among the top five point guards who played all three Tests in South Africa.

“Like Wriddhi, even Ishant feels his career in India might be over. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj are now India’s number 1, 2 and 3 on the priority list when all are fit. “said a senior BCCI source. PTI on condition of anonymity.

“Next is Shardul Thakur who is versatile and Umesh Yadav was the No. 5 pick,” he added.

Against Sri Lanka, India are playing two Tests in Mohali and Bengaluru where the two leaders would be Shami and Bumrah (if both are fit) and the third will be Siraj.

It makes no sense to take a senior bowler like Ishant and have him carry drinks when an Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna or Ishan Porel can get good exposure.

India in 2022 will play three more Test matches – two in Bangladesh and one in England which is part of the 2021 series.

Barring the test against England where they might think of fielding four playmakers, Ishant is unlikely to fit into the scheme of things.

He played against New Zealand in Kanpur but looked pedestrian for the best part.

In Mumbai, an injury was cited as the reason for his ousting even though he was seen bowling at lunchtime every day.

It is understood he hasn’t played well enough in the nets in South Africa to be considered for top five selection.

Time is running out for the Rahane-Pujara duo

The only two people who got a bit of a grace period are Rahane and Pujara, who had a dry run for two years.

If youngsters like Hanuma Vihari (a possible No. 3) and the talented Shubman Gill (No. 5) are to settle into their new roles, it should start with the Sri Lankan series.

This initiation will ensure that they continue deep into the second cycle of the World Trial Championship.

Somehow the new management of the team under Rahul Dravid has to take some tough calls, but it will also depend on what the new test captain (in all likelihood Rohit Sharma) thinks about the future of these two as well seniors.

They are not safe selections against Sri Lanka but in their case the team management want them to play for the Ranji trophy which means if they can score a lot over a period of time there has a chance of returning.

Unlike Ishant and Saha, who seem to have contested their last Tests respectively.

For Rahane and Pujara, the Ranji Trophy starts with the two competing against each other and they would like to give their all to keep their place in the team.

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