The presidents of selectors Chetan Sharma, Abey Kuruvilla and Sunil Joshi are watching the Mumbai test here and will make some decisions sometime this week.
Published: December 05, 2021, 8:17 pm |
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MUMBAI: The position of Virat Kohli as India’s ODI captain, the future of his test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane as vice-captain in the longest format and the place of 100 test man Ishant Sharma will be up for discussion If the national selections pick the jumbo squad to tour South Africa later this week. Voter chairman Chetan Sharma, Abey Kuruvilla and Sunil Joshi are watching the Mumbai Test here and will become president alongside president sometime this week Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah are seated to make some decisions that could have far-reaching implications in the larger context of Indian cricket.
India is set to play three ODIs in South Africa and the biggest question now is whether the country has two white captains needs, which can potentially lead to a conflict of ideas. Rohit Sharma is already the T20 captain and with the blue ribbon 2023 50-over World Cup nearby, there are louder voices in the BCCI corridors to have a white ball captain – and that’s Rohit.
« At the moment it looks difficult that Virat can keep his ODI captain, but since ODI is not important this year with very few games here and there, one can think of postponing the decision, » said a senior BCCI- Source versus PTI.
« But the counter-argument is why do you want to have separate ideas for two formats and when the majority of decision-makers believe that Rohit is the man who goes forward and has time to team up for prepare for the 2023 event, « he said.
There won’t be too many surprises when coach Rahul Dravid is out on the field for the first time as he doesn’t believe in rocking the boat, which means Cheteshwar Pujara and Rahane from now on on board the Johannesburg-Flu However, Rahane will find it very difficult to maintain his position as Kohli’s test deputy as he is no longer automatically elected to the team. Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Hanuma Vihari are just some of the middle decisions to replace Rahane in the eleven. that he would drop out of the team. So if he’s not a sure starter then how can he remain a substitute. If Rahane is Rohit, who has been removed by the vice-captain, the obvious choice is he was in the last two games Runner-up in the Australian Test Series, « the official said.
While Pujara will start in the first Test when it’s fit, the Selectors may want to consider some # 3 backup options in the long run. Bengals Easwaran has one hundred and fifty batting at number 3 and Panchal, who has also struck at one-drop at times, has a 96 and can be considered a backup.
Unless Mayank Agarwal (if his forearm injury is not severe) is considered potential No. 3 after his 150 and 62 in the second test, considering that KL Rahul and Rohit are automatically first choices after their outstanding show in England.
Ishant Sharma has been out of the UK tour since Oars under control and many people believe that the veteran of 105 tests (311 wickets) should get a break now, as Mohammed Siraj along with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed. Shami cannot be kept outside in overseas conditions when everyone is fit.
Umesh Yadav in the previous regime had a lot of exposure in overseas testing because he didn’t fit into a four-pronged tempo attack, but he is better in pure form placed as Ishant. Ishant may not get picked if his form is really rated in the last few months, but you never know what permutations and combinations are at work.
The list of reserve pacers includes Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, to name but a few and if India needs six tempo for test matches, Ishant doesn’t fit in right now.
The last time India played ODIs in Sri Lanka, Shikhar Dhawan was the captain and the man, who is now 36 years old, In three of his last six ODIs he had scores of 98, 67 and 86 not eliminated, the last in the island state, which also gave him the Man of the Match Award.
With 17 hundred, he is only behind Virat Kohli and Rohit in this current line-up Sharma on the hundreds and it will be very difficult to ignore him when he is fit.
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