While he may have missed out on selection for the first two Tests against England in the upcoming series, Rinku Singh could force himself into the squad for the last three Tests against Ben Stokes‘ side.
Rinku Singh, who has already impressed the selectors and management with his T20 batting and, importantly, his temperament, is now in contention for a place in the Test squad. The left-handed Uttar Pradesh batsman has been named in the India A squad for the third multi-day red-ball game against the England Lions later this month. This is Rinku’s first call-up to the India A team.
India A, captained by Abhimanyu Easwaran, is currently playing the first of the three four-day matches against Josh Bohannon’s England Lions at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
On Friday, the BCCI announced the India A squads for the next two games, and Rinku Singh has been named in the squad for the third game that will be played from February 1st.
Rinku Singh has a terrific first-class record
This is a great opportunity for the southpaw to stake his claim for inclusion in India’s squad for the last three Tests against England. The five-Test series will kick-start on January 25 and the second Test is scheduled to conclude on February 6.
For the uninitiated, Rinku Singh may have become a household name for his exploits in T20 cricket, but the left-hander has a superb first-class record as well. In 43 first-class matches, Rinku has scored 3099 runs at an average of 58, notching up 7 centuries and 20 fifties. The striking factor in his first-class record is his strike rate of 71, which speaks of his intent and batting approach in red-ball cricket.
After making a big splash in the T20I jersey, the 26-year-old from Uttar Pradesh would be hoping to soon don the Test cap.