On Saturday, the 20th of August, India finished off another successful series against Zimbabwe by completing a thumping win in the second one-day international match between the two countries. Since India has already won the series, it is possible that they would make a lot of substitutions in the game that concludes the series to give the players who have been sitting on the bench some playing time. The seasoned Indian batsman, Robin Uthappa, gave his opinion on India’s selection conundrum before the last one-day international.
Rahul Tripathi, who had a strong showing in the IPL 2022 but hasn’t had a glimpse of the national squad as of yet, has been the subject of a lot of discussion on social media. This discussion has centred on the fact that Rahul Tripathi has been left off the team. Another batter who has been sitting on the sidelines since his Twenty20 International series against South Africa after the Indian Premier League, Ruturaj Gaikwad, has been a part of the squad.
What did Robin Uthappa say?
Uthappa believed that both the skilled batters ought to be given a chance in the last game of the series and that it would be unfair if they were not included in the squad. Uthappa also believed that it would be unjust to exclude them from the team. However, the seasoned batter also shared his opinion that it would be unjust to leave out Shubhman Gill and Ishan Kishan since they would not be able to participate in first-team matches after the more experienced players have returned.
“I’m not sure whether there will be a lot of alterations made to the batting lineup, but I’m sure there will be some. There is a possibility that Shahbaz may play, as well as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rahul Tripathi, who have been standing by for some time. It would be unfair to the younger players who are competing right now if they did not receive a game, and it would also be unfair to them if they did not get a game. Ishan Kishan just has one innings left to bat. Therefore, if he is taken out of the game and someone else comes in instead of them, they will also feel that they have wasted their opportunity. It is difficult to choose between the two options,” Robin Uthappa said.