4. Dinesh Karthik:
Despite being one of the most consistent performers in the domestic circuit, the wicketkeeper-batsman has still not cemented his spot in the national team. He had got ample chances to become a regular starter in the team in the past but he never managed to capitalise on the chances. However, his current form has once again put him on the selectors’ radar.
The 31-year-old was a part of the Indian squad for this year’s Champions Trophy but did not get a single game under his belt. However, his selection is a big indication that he is in the mix of things.
He had enjoyed a highly fruitful domestic season where he led Tamil Nadu to their fifth Vijay Hazare title by scoring 112 in the final against Bengal. He finished the 50-overs tournament as the top run-getter averaging 86.71 while scoring 607 runs in nine matches.
In the Ranji Trophy, he scored 704 runs in 10 matches at an average of 54.15. He continued his red-hot form in the Duleep Trophy as well where he scored 211 runs in the three games he played for India Blue.
He also led Tamil Nadu to Deodhar Trophy title by scoring 247 runs in three matches. His form in the IPL was equally impressive where he amassed 361 runs in 14 outings at an average of a shade over 36.