Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, and Ishant Sharma were axed from the Indian Test team against the home series against Sri Lanka.
However, former Indian captain, Sunil Gavaskar said he is not much surprised by their exclusion.
"It was expected. If in the three Tests in South Africa, one of them had hit a century or played an innings of 80-90 runs, then it would have been a different matter. Yes, Ajinkya Rahane played an attractive knock. But apart from that, there weren’t enough runs from them when it was expected and when the team needed the runs," Gavaskar told India Today.
"They can return, why not? If they display very good form, score 200-250 in every Ranji Trophy match, then a return is definitely possible. But after this Test series, there is just a one-off Test in England and then after that, there is the T20 World Cup, so we will be in November and December (for the subsequent Test)," he added.
In the Ranji Trophy, Rahane has scored a century against Saurashtra while Pujara came up with an aggressive 91, however, Gavaskar reckoned that,
"So I think time will not be on their side because they will be in their mid-30s. If a chance has been given to youngsters in these two vacant spots — and if those youngsters take this opportunity by their hands — then it will be difficult for them (Pujara and Rahane) to return to the team," Gavaskar added.