The greatest unexpected withdrawals from India’s white-ball selections for the tours to New Zealand in November and the ODI and Test visit Bangladesh in December were Prithvi Shaw, Sarfaraz Khan, and Ravi Bishnoi. Surprisingly, Shaw, who has lit up the Indian domestic circuit with stellar performances, was left out of any of the three white-ball squads that were released on Monday for the T20I and ODI teams traveling to New Zealand, as well as the ODI lineup against Bangladesh.

Surprisingly, none of the sides featured Bishnoi, who has played pretty often in the T20I setup and is one of the standby players for the T20 World Cup.

Shaw, Bishnoi, and two other Indian cricketers—Nitish Rana and Umesh Yadav—who were also left out of the white-ball squads—shared teary-eyed but cryptic posts on Instagram in response to the news. Shaw captioned it, “Hope you are viewing everything, Sai Baba.”

The narrative by Bishnoi concluded, “Comeback is always stronger than a setback.”

Umesh Yadav, who had returned to the T20I set up in the home series against Australia as Mohammed Shami’s substitute due to a positive Covid test, was once again chosen just for the Test series in Bangladesh. God is watching you, so keep in mind that even if you manage to deceive me. He said this on his Instagram story.

In the current Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Delhi cricketer Nitish Rana, who made his India debut in Sri Lanka last year and has been in fine form, wrote: “H= Hold, O= On, P= Pain, E= Ends.”

Shaw, who has received criticism for his form and conditioning, had his IPL 2022 campaign come to an abrupt end when he contracted typhoid while playing for Delhi Capitals. As Mumbai’s captain, Shaw started his journey back to the top in the Ranji Trophy.