Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly is known to speak his mind on various issues, and on Saturday he didn't hold back when BCCI announced its 15-member squad for the two-match Test series against West Indies.
Even though Rohit Sharam has been in blazing hot-form following the recently concluded Asia Cup, BCCI has decided against including the right-handed batsmen in the Test squad to face West Indies.
And upon knowing of this decision, Sourav Ganguly was left 'surprised' to not see Rohit Sharma make the cut to the squad, but he insisted that the call-up was not far, while also lavishing praise about the way he 'beautifully' led the side to its seventh Asia Cup title.
''Great win Rohit and the team @ImRo45 ..u were exceptional...I get surprised every time I don’t see ur name in the test team ..it’s not far away ..,'' Sourav Ganguly said in a post on Twitter.
The flamboyant opening batsman flourished in the Asia Cup with his explosive batting skills, notching 237 runs and becoming the tournament's second-highest run-getter behind Shikhar Dhawan.
However, in a surprise exclusion, the selectors have also decided to drop in-from Shikhar Dhawan, who was the Asia Cup highest run-getter, citing his dismal showing during the Test series of England.
Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have also been rested, after a hectic Asia Cup tournament and taking into consideration the series against Australia next month and the upcoming 2019 World Cup
The test squad sees two new faces. After impressing in the domestic circuit with their brilliant showing, Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Siraj have earned their maiden call-up to the Indian Test squad.
Apart from that, the likes of Prithvi Shaw and Hanuman Vihari are set to retain their places after the England tour. Shaw, who did not get a chance in England, is likely to be handed his debut cap in the first Test against West Indies.
Chinaman bowler, Kuldeep Yadav, who was dropped for the last Test against England, also sees his retain his place. While Virat Kohli who was rested for the 2018 Asia Cup, will be back in business as he returns to take over the captaincy duties, and Ajinkya Rahane will be his deputy for the series.