IPL 2022 – MI vs SRH – Ravi Shastri

IPL 2022 - MI vs SRH - Ravi Shastri

Sunrisers Hyderabad and Maharashtra batter Rahul Tripathi is “not far at all” from an India cap and could be a back-up option for Nos. 3 or 4 in India’s T20I squad, according to Ravi Shastri and Daniel Vettori. Tripathi has been the most prolific No. 3 in IPL 2022, and top-scored with 76 off 44 balls to set up Sunrisers Hyderabad’s total of 193 for 6 on their way to a three-run win against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

On ESPNcricinfo’s show T20 Time:Out, Shastri and Vettori heaped praise on Tripathi’s shot-making, temperament, all-round game, fearlessness and his ability to take on Jasprit Bumrah.

When asked if Tripathi was far from an India call-up, Shastri said: “He’s not far at all. If someone doesn’t get up from the bench or gets up from the wrong side of the bed and gets injured, this guy can be slotted in straightaway. He can go at No. 3 or 4, he’s a dangerous player, and should be in the mix. If he’s performing season after season, I’m sure the selectors will be watching that very, very closely and giving him his due.”

Vishal Dikshit is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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