After a successful stint in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2023, Assam skipper Riyan Parag is likely to receive his maiden T20I call. The young batter has been phenomenal in the recently concluded domestic T20 tournament. His amazing batting performance might force selectors to do justice to his form in the upcoming T20I series against Australia.
According to the latest news report in The Times of India, a close source to the selection committee revealed that Parag will be recognised by the national selectors. After his amazing performance in SMAT 2023, his participation against Australia is looking certain. "Parag has been performing consistently in domestic cricket this season. It's hard to ignore his all-around performances. To add to his worth, he's also an excellent fielder," a source said, as per TOI.
It's worth noting that Parag, in the ongoing tournament, has scored 510 runs in ten innings at an average of 85.00. During this time, he has maintained a blistering strike rate of 182.79. He is currently the highest run-scorer in the tournament. However, his team failed to go past the semifinal challenge as they were thrashed by Kerala.
Who will lead India against Australia?
With an injury to star India all-rounder and T20I skipper Hardik Pandya, it remains uncertain who will lead the side in the upcoming series. Asian Games champion Ruturaj Gaikwad is most likely to lead the team in the absence of all first-choice players. Star batter Virat Kohli and skipper Rohit Sharma are likely to be rested, along with key players like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.
It won't be surprising if Indian team management and selectors pick up a young squad to face the Aussie challenge in the next few days. The squad is likely to be announced before the semifinals of the ongoing ODI World Cup. Team India is likely to play their semifinals in Mumbai, as they will finish in the top position with the most points.
Here is how fans react to Riyan Parag's possible inclusion:
What? why ?— Manu (@virat_facts) November 6, 2023
No man not ready for him😂 pic.twitter.com/nRNqH3Phsz— Sujeet Suman (@sujeetsuman1991) November 6, 2023
Ab ghodo ki race mein gadhe bhi dodenge, Unreal downfall 😭— Ishu (@PocketDynamoo) November 6, 2023
Worst decision taken by BCCI— CONTEXTUAL MEME (@Contextual_Meme) November 6, 2023
Hopefully a good start after good performance in SMAT pic.twitter.com/TWTsdwwiwI— TEJASH 🚩 (@LoyleRohitFan) November 6, 2023
He deserves it. Number 6. Can bowl and Bat and a Gun fielder.— vinpydi (@vinnyloid) November 6, 2023
he went a bit over confident while playing domestic cricket and said that this cricket does not suit him. he wants to play international cricket— Sports syncs (@moiz_sports) November 6, 2023
Unreal downfall of BCCI— TROLL PAKISTAN CRICKET (@trollpakistanii) November 6, 2023
Dude truly deserve it. pic.twitter.com/HmLm2VgwWY— Nikhil Gupta (@Nikhilgupta1104) November 6, 2023