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After losing out on India’s T20 berth for the South Africa series, KKR’s Nitish Rana sends cryptic tweet.

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After losing out on India’s T20 berth for the South Africa series, KKR’s Nitish Rana sends cryptic tweet.

For the 18-member T20 squad picked for the South Africa series on Sunday, team selectors gave a first call-up to pace sensation Umran Malik and left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh. While top names like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are not in the squad, the 18-man group led by KL Rahul includes both pacers who have impressed in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Full Coverage of the IPL 2022

Dinesh Karthik, the veteran keeper-batsman, has been recalled to the T20 squad, but Shikhar Dhawan and Sanju Samson are still missing. After the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee named the squad for the five-game T20I rubber, fans called for Rahul Tripathi to be included.

Nitish Rana of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) was another name missing from the list. Rana, who scored 361 runs in 14 matches during the current IPL season, responded with a cryptic tweet. “Things will change soon,” the left-handed batter wrote, adding an India flag and a target emoji.

Rana last represented India in Sri Lanka, where the Shikhar Dhawan-led side played three One-Day Internationals and as many Twenty-20 Internationals against the islanders. The Delhi player, on the other hand, had three single-digit scores in his three games.

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Rana, who made his ODI debut in the final game of the series, only managed to score seven runs. The KKR player was dismissed for 9 and 6 in the second and third T20 Internationals, respectively.

The 28-year-old wrote a note explaining that the tour didn’t go as planned and promising a strong comeback. “We don’t just post our successes on social media; we also post our failures.” This tour did not go as planned or expected, but I have learned a lot in the last three games. I’ve always believed in hard work over luck since I first held the bat in my hands, and this will not deter me.”

“There will be people who say things and judge me, but I will not let anything bring me down.” I’m aware of how hard I’ve worked for it, and I intend to keep moving forward. “I will continue to grow stronger and will return to win big for myself and my team,” Rana wrote on Twitter.

In terms of comebacks in the Indian T20 setup, Hardik Pandya has returned following a stellar performance in the Indian Premier League. While leading Gujarat Titans, the flamboyant Baroda all-rounder has been consistent with the bat as well as bowling a few quick overs.

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Hardik Pandya, who has 413 runs in 13 games and bowled nearly 25 overs, will almost certainly be the sixth bowling option for the World T20 in Australia.

India’s T20I squad for the SA series: KL Rahul (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (vice-captain)(wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar

 

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Gambhir acknowledges that his “sole regret in seven years of captaincy” is Suryakumar Yadav: “KKR failed to recognise his potential.”

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Gambhir acknowledges that his “sole regret in seven years of captaincy” is Suryakumar Yadav: “KKR failed to recognise his potential.”

Throughout his incredible career with the Mumbai Indians since 2018, Suryakumar Yadav has become a household name. He has established himself as a vital member of the batting lineup and is seen as the team’s future leader. He was able to establish himself in the Indian white-ball team and get to the top of the IC batting rankings in the format because to his valiant efforts at MI. But before he was let away, Suryakumar was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders lineup from 2014 to 2017. When former captain Gautam Gambhir reflects on the two IPL titles won by KKR during that time, he named the star player from India his greatest regret.

KKR featured Suryakumar Yadav from 2014 to 2017.

In 2012, Suryakumar began his IPL career with the Mumbai Indians, appearing in just one match before being cut loose the following year. He was signed by KKR in 2014, and he won the championship in his first campaign there. The right-handed batter scored 608 runs in 54 games during his four-year tenure with the team, although the majority of those runs were scored as a lower middle order hitter.

In an interview with Sportskeeda on Monday, Gambhir said that his biggest regret as KKR captain is that he failed to recognise Suryakumar’s ability or his ideal batting position in the lineup.

Finding and showcasing the greatest potential is the responsibility of a leader. If there’s one thing I regret from my seven years as captain, it’s that neither I nor the squad were able to fully utilise Suryakumar Yadav. And combinations were the key to the cause. At No. 3, you may only play one person. As a leader, you also need to consider the other ten players in the starting lineup. Although he was just as excellent at No. 7, he would have been far more effective at No. 3, he said.

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Gambhir went on to praise Suruyakumar for being a team player, citing the reason behind his appointment as the team’s vice-captain in 2015.

He was a team player as well. A good player may be anyone, but becoming a team player takes skill. Playing him at No. 6 or 7 or benching him, he was constantly grinning and eager to contribute to the squad. He went on, “That’s why we named him vice captain.”

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