Bibhu Prasad Ray

The exclusion of Rinku Singh from India’s squad has taken many Indian fans by surprise ahead of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024 which is set to be played in West Indies and USA. The dashing left-hander had a breakthrough in the IPL last year from where he received his call-up into the Indian T20 side. 

In 15 T20Is, Rinku scored at a brilliant strike rate of 176.23 and remained unbeaten in 11 innings to notch up 356 runs.

Meanwhile, former Indian legend batsman Sunil Gavaskar also shared his views on Rinku’s absence from India’s 15-member squad.

"Maybe his form in this particular edition of the IPL hasn't been great. He hasn't had that many opportunities (with KKR), maybe that's the reason why they've (selectors) not picked him," Gavaskar told Sports Today

Rinku has scored 123 runs in eight IPL innings this year, averaging 20.50 and remaining unbeaten in two matches. 

The ICC permits changes to the existing squad till May 25, meaning there is a possibility that Rinku can still make it back into the final 15 cut of India’s squad for the mega ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Rinku was named among the reserves in the travelling party alongside Shubman Gill, Khaleel Ahmed, and Avesh Khan.

India will kick start their campaign on June 5 against Ireland. India will face their arch-rivals Pakistan on June 9 at Nassau County Ground in New York, US.