‘Instead of Twitter, focus on performing so that no one can leave you’- Graeme Smith gives valuable advice to Indian cricketer

Rahul Tewatia was left out of the Indian squad for the Ireland tour

Virat Kohli, Graeme Smith
Virat Kohli, Graeme Smith (Image Credit : Twitter)

Getting into the Indian team is incredibly difficult, given there is so much competition and only limited spots in the national team. Rahul Tewatia, who did well for Gujarat in the Indian T20 League 2022, recently, expressed his displeasure after not being included in the Indian team for the tour of Ireland. He was one of the best finishers for Gujarat in this year’s Indian T20 League with 217 runs in 16 games. He was expected to be part of the India’s squad for the South Africa and Ireland series.

However, the left-hander was excluded from both squads with the team preferring Dinesh Karthik for the finisher job. The Haryana player didn’t say anything after the South Africa snub but when the team for Ireland series was announced, he expressed his displeasure on Twitter. The all-rounder took to Twitter and wrote ‘Expectations hurts’. Notably, the selectors have given a maiden call-up to Rahul Tripathi and recalled Sanju Samson for the European tour.

Reacting on the same, former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith has said that it is very difficult in India to choose a squad with so much talent. Smith acknowledged that India head coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit Sharma must have picked the squad keeping the Australian conditions in mind. The former Proteas skipper advised Tewatia that rather than spending time on Twitter, perform and make yourself unavoidable for selection.

“It’s very difficult in India as you guys have so much talent. And coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma must have picked their majority of guys anticipating the conditions in Australia. I would say instead of Twitter, focus, perform and next time your time comes make sure no one can leave you out,” Smith said on Star Sports.

The Men In Blue will play a two-match T20I series against Ireland later this month. Just like the series against the Proteas, the team will field the second-string players with not many changes made in the squad. Players such as Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer won’t play in the series as they are part of the England series.

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