“I don’t think it has anything to do with Rinku Singh,” says Ajit Agarkar on the southpaw’s exclusion

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Rinku Singh

The exclusion of Rinku Singh from India’s T20 World Cup 2024 squad has been a topic of intense discussion among cricket enthusiasts and experts. Despite his impressive performance, scoring 356 runs at an average of 89 and a strike rate of 176.24 in T20Is for India, Singh was not included in the final 15-member squad.

Ajit Agarkar clarifies Rinku Singh’s exclusion from the squad

Ajit Agarkar, the Chairman of selectors, addressed this issue in a press conference. He described Singh’s omission as the “toughest” call. Agarkar empathized with Singh, stating, “It’s just unfortunate. I don’t think it has anything to do with Rinku Singh.” He clarified that Singh’s exclusion was not a reflection of his abilities or performances but rather a strategic decision aimed at maximizing the team’s flexibility and adaptability to varying match scenarios.

Agarkar explained that the decision was about the combination they wanted for the team. “We wanted to have enough options with regard to wrist spinners. Chahal, Kuldeep give us that. Then, we have Axar Patel, who is the allrounder, and then two wicketkeepers.”

He further added, “He (Rinku) is in the reserves now. So, that’s how close the decision was.”

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma also emphasized the importance of having all-rounders such as Shivam Dube and Hardik Pandya, who allow the team to be more dynamic and provide more options to choose from in-game. “If we need Shivam Dube to bowl a few overs, he will bowl. Then we have Hardik Pandya as well. All-rounders will do their role,” Rohit said.

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