Ravi Bopara, all-rounder of England was shocked and disappointed after he was excluded from the One-Day International (ODI) side for the series against India. Alex Hales replaced Bopara in the England National team.
The 29-year-old Essex all-rounder, has been a consistent performer with bat and ball over the past few years in limited-overs cricket and was named England’s one-day player of the year in last October. However, a week after scoring a century for the England Lions against Sri Lanka A in Worcester, he was surprisingly omitted from the 15-man squad for the five-match series against India that starts in Bristol on Monday.
He said that it really came as a massive shock for him. He said, When Someone get that phone call from the selector, generally comes in mind that it’s just to give you a heads up you’re in. But this time the selector told him that he’s very sorry and disappointed and immediately Bopara was shocked, thinking: ‘This can’t be happening.’ But it is, he said “that’s life and I’ve just got to get on with it,”
Bopara, the 29-year-old appeared bitterly disappointed as James Whitaker gave him the bad news that he has not been chosen for the ODI series against the touring Indian team.
Bopara has been a regular in the One-Day squad and had a good run of scores with Essex. Just over a week ago, on August 11, Bopara had hit a ton (106 runs) in England Lions’ seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka A. The all-rounder said he couldn’t believe that he was dropped despite performing well.
Whether or not the Essex player can come back in time for the World Cup is another matter. With less than six months to go before England start their campaign in Australia and New Zealand, the timing is bad for Bopara.
One major statement Bopara could make before the summer is out is helping Essex to victory in the Royal London One‑Day Cup. The county have qualified for the quarter-finals of the domestic 50-over competition and Bopara said: “It would be nice in a Lord’s final to get a hundred. I’m certainly sitting here imagining it as we speak and I’d love to be lifting that trophy with the man-of-the-match medal around my neck. It would be a dream come true.” It might also be the catalyst for another.