The biggest surprise on this context is inclusion of Shikhar Dhawan/Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir being ignored. It’s indeed a fact that both Shikhar and Ajinkya are not at the best of their forms. Especially, Rahane has failed significantly in the tournament. In fact, neither Rahane nor Dhawan have done something noteworthy in 50 over format of the game in recent past.
Rahane has unarguably been a strong contender and has been delivering consistently in the longest (test) format of the game. But, as it’s going to be a 50 over’s game, his inclusion look pretty traditional and reputation-based. He (Rahane) is indeed struggling to time the ball or to maintain the strike rate required for contemporary limited over’s game.
Talking about Shikhar Dhawan, he should be considering himself really lucky to find his name in the squad. He was miserable in the past ODI trophy, as well as test cricket. His domestic limited over’s performance while playing for Delhi was not at all noteworthy. In fact, his IPL performance has also not been quite flamboyant as it is supposed to be in this gala of run fest. Though he has scored runs, but to be fare, Dhawan is not at his best.
Not just that inclusion of both the opener looks questionable, even the third opener Rohit Sharma is also not absolutely reliable. First of all, he was out of cricket for a hefty period of time due to injury. Post comeback, only in a couple of innings he has shown his class. Moreover, he is not opening consistently. Ball will be swinging in England, and BCCI must be ready to answer regarding exclusion of Gambhir, if the openers failed.