Former South Africa skipper, Graeme Smith said it’s important for Rahul Tewatia to channel his frustration on improving his game and force selectors to pick him and ensure that he never gets snubbed as he did in the T20I series in Ireland. Speaking to Star Sports, former South African skipper Graeme Smith explained that selectors, coaches, and captains must look at the conditions in Australia and accordingly select their squad.
During a recent chat on Star Sports, Graeme Smith said, “It’s very difficult in India as you guys have so much talent. And coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma must have picked their majority of guys anticipating the conditions in Australia. I would say instead of Twitter, focus, perform, and next time your time comes make sure no one can leave you out.”
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Team India will play a couple of T20Is against Ireland in Ireland, where Hardik Pandya will lead the side, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be his deputy. The senior members of the squad will be with the Test squad for the match against England. Hardik Pandya has been rewarded for his captaincy stint with the Gujarat Titans.
Rahul Tewatia has been knocking on the doors of the selectors in the recent past and he showcased his improved finishing skills in IPL 2022, playing a key role in Gujarat Titans’ winning run. He had amassed 217 runs at an average of over 30 and a staggering strike rate of close to 150.
Tewatia’s incredible show had even earned him the tag of ‘ice man’ from none other than the great Sunil Gavaskar. In another match-winning effort a few days later, Rahul Tewatia smashed an unbeaten 40 off 21 balls when GT needed 56 in the last four overs to take his side to victory.
The two T20Is between India and Ireland will be played on June 26 and June 28 in Dublin.