Dinesh Karthik, a veteran wicketkeeper-batsman from India, has expressed his disappointment with the exclusion of Baba Indrajith from the South Zone team for the upcoming Duleep Trophy tournament. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced the squads for all six zones participating in the tournament. Karthik took to Twitter to publicly express his displeasure over Indrajith’s absence in the team.
Duleep Trophy Squad Announcement
The South Zone team for the Duleep Trophy, scheduled to commence from June 28 and run until July 14, was revealed by the BCCI. However, the squad did not feature Baba Indrajith, which drew strong criticism from Dinesh Karthik. Karthik questioned the selection committee’s decision, pointing out that Indrajith had played for Rest of India against Madhya Pradesh in March 2023, but was not included in the South Zone team despite the absence of any subsequent first-class matches.
In his tweet, Dinesh Karthik expressed his confusion and disappointment with the selection committee’s choices. He highlighted Baba Indrajith’s recent performances and questioned why he was overlooked for the Duleep Trophy despite his participation in notable matches. Karthik sought an explanation for the exclusion, leaving his followers and cricket fans curious about the reasoning behind the decision.
South Zone Team and Leadership
Hanuma Vihari has been entrusted with the captaincy of the South Zone team for the Duleep Trophy, while Mayank Agarwal has been named the vice-captain. The squad comprises a talented group of players, including Sai Sudharsan, Ricky Bhui, R Samarth, Washington Sundar, Sachin Baby, and others who will represent the zone in the prestigious tournament.
Indrajith’s Recent Performances
Baba Indrajith, the player who was overlooked by the selectors, last featured in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League for the franchise Abahani Limited. He participated in three matches during the tournament, scoring 19 runs. Indrajith had previously represented the Rest of India team in the Irani Trophy 2023 match against Madhya Pradesh.
Dinesh Karthik’s public criticism of the selectors’ decision to exclude Baba Indrajith from the South Zone’s Duleep Trophy squad has sparked discussions and raised questions about the selection process. As the tournament approaches, cricket enthusiasts await further updates on the matter and hope for transparency regarding the reasons behind Indrajith’s omission from the team.
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