Sourav Ganguly Surprised as Ajinkya Rahane Misses England ODI Bus

IPL 2018 KL Rahul replaces Ambati Rayudu to take Orange Cap while Andrew Tye takes Purple

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the ODI and T20I squads for the upcoming tour to Ireland and England. Rahul has been the top scorer for Kings XI Punjab this season with 376 runs at an average of 47 whereas Rayudu is the leading run scorer of IPL 2018 so far with 410 runs at an average of 51.25. He has been in good nick in the IPL over the last two seasons with the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The 29-year-old has accumulated 725 runs in the last one-year in 17 ODI matches with an average of 48.33 that includes a century too against the West Indies, where he was presented with the Man of the Match award. Other than him, we have Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey. He made his worldwide debut in 2013, and has, till date, played 34 ODIs, averaging more than 50 with 1055 runs.

However, he was ignored for two years before he knocked down the door with a sensational run in the IPL; he has been the star in a line-up comprising Suresh Raina, Shane Watson, MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo.

On Monday, after SRH defended another low total, RCB skipper Virat Kohli doffed his hat to the best bowling attack in the IPL. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma and Rashid Khan took one wicket each. Curiously, the selectors have picked Ambati Rayudu over Rahane.

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Kaul was however, surprisingly, the only player of the trio to be selected in India's T20 squad for the tour to Ireland and England.

The three-match ODI series starts at Trent Bridge on July 12.

India have been in sensational ODI form over the year.

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The right-handed batsman played the ODI series against South Africa and scored 140 runs in five innings at an average of 35. In the six games of the series, Rahane didn't really set the stage on fire and had scores of 79, 1, 8, 8 and 34 not out. A few days later, they also went on to win the three-match T20I series. England won the fifth ODI as consolation in the five-match series. He has been part of previous Test squads but has yet to debut.

Virat Kohli has been named the captain for both the squads, but remains a doubtful starter for the Ireland T20I as he is scheduled to play for county side Surrey against Yorkshire from June 25 to 28.

India A team for One-Day Tri-series: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shubhman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Sanju Samson, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (WK), Vijay Shankar, K Gowtham, Axar Patel, Krunal Pandya, Prasidh Krishna, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur.

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