In a primary, two Indian squads will probably be travelling to totally different locations on the identical time. There will probably be a brand new chief too. Shikhar Dhawan is about to take cost of a 20-strong Indian aspect in Sri Lanka, crammed to the brim with children together with six uncapped gamers.
The BCCI on Thursday introduced an invigorating squad for the limited-overs task in Sri Lanka. The set-up consists of gamers with maiden India call-ups, names who’re making an attempt to revive their fading profession, and rookies who’ve impressed on this 12 months’s postponed IPL version.
Whereas India’s main aspect will probably be within the UK for the big-ticket Take a look at collection towards England, a ‘B’ crew sans Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will journey to the island nation for a six-match white-ball jaunt. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will probably be Dhawan’s deputy and all matches will probably be performed at a single venue — R Premadasa Worldwide Cricket Stadium — between July 13 and 25.
There are lots of anticipated inclusions, a number of shock omissions and a few names who’re making an attempt to recuperate misplaced floor. Listed here are the important thing takeaways from the squad announcement:
1. Spoilt for decisions on the high
Colts Devdutt Padikkal and Ruturaj Gaikwad, who’ve rapidly develop into a vital a part of their respective IPL franchises, have been drafted within the squad. Padikkal rapidly rose the ranks whereas opening the innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
It was arduous to think about a 20-year-old Padikkal ending as RCB’s highest run-getter within the UAE. He did not cease there and transferred his IPL type onto the home stage. Within the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he scored 218 runs in six video games and hit a staggering 737 runs within the Vijay Hazare Trophy. To high all of it, the Karnataka lad scored his maiden IPL century towards Rajasthan Royals within the recently-curtailed IPL version.
It has been the same story for 24-year-old Ruturaj from Maharashtra. Overcoming COVID-19 and debuting amid CSK’s horrendous season within the UAE, and ending up with 204 runs in six video games together with three consecutive fifties made him a fan-favourite. Like Padikkal, Ruturaj has been a rock-solid pillar of his franchise’s top-order because the previous two seasons.
“Each skilled cricket goals to play for India someday. I will be pleased if I get the chance to put on the nationwide jersey quickly,” Ruturaj had informed India TV, simply days earlier than his maiden India call-up.
Skipper Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, the opposite two opening decisions, have been the doubtless first-choice picks on the high. With a substantial quantity of expertise, the Delhi Capitals duo will give impetus to the top-order. After a blip in Australia, Shaw got here again strongly to attain 827 runs in Vijay Hazare Trophy and likewise ending because the event’s highest run-getter. He was good in IPL 2021 too as he notched up 308 runs in simply eight video games.
Dhawan can even be raring to go along with his new function, scoring over 7,000 runs for India within the white-ball codecs. As if that wasn’t sufficient, the Indian camp additionally has Nitish Rana and Ishan Kishan to don the opener’s function.
2. Revival alternative for a lot of
Prithvi Shaw himself had revealed that he felt ‘nugatory’ after being dropped from the squad in Australia. “I went to my room and broke down. I felt like one thing flawed was occurring. I wanted solutions rapidly,” he informed The Indian Categorical in an interview.
Overcoming a troublesome section, Shaw discovered his mojo within the home circuit (Vijay Hazare Trophy) and the IPL 2021. He was fourth on the record of Orange Cap holders when the IPL version got here to a halt. The 21-year-old might haven’t earned a ticket to the UK, however he is trying greater than able to marshal the opening spot alongside Dhawan.
Like Shaw, Manish Pandey additionally had a season with many ups and downs. Earlier this 12 months, the right-hander was dropped from India’s squad for the five-match T20 collection towards England. There was no official phrase on his exclusion however many followers raised questions over his future with the nationwide crew. To make issues worse, he discovered himself dropped from the BCCI contract record. He sought solace in IPL 2021, scoring 193 runs from 5 video games with two fifties for SunRisers Hyderabad. The Sri Lanka tour will probably be an ideal alternative for him to resurrect his profession.
The Sri Lanka collection will probably be of utmost significance to out of kinds Kuldeep Yadav. The final 12-15 months have been powerful for the chinaman bowler. It began along with his mediocre stint with Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020 the place he bagged only one wicket in 5 matches. Kuldeep then did not characteristic in a single sport for India earlier than enjoying Chennai Take a look at towards England. IPL 2021 was no totally different for the 26-year-old as he did not characteristic in a single match. To rub salt into the wound, Kuldeep did not discover himself in India’s squad for England tour together with the WTC closing.
three. No place for Harshal Patel, Jaydev Unadkat
Whereas Chetan Sakariya made the minimize, Harshal Patel did not make it to the squad regardless of grabbing 17 wickets from seven innings and holding the Purple Cap within the now-postponed IPL season.
Harshal was traded by Delhi Capitals to Royal Challengers Bangalore forward of the fourteenth season and the Haryana pacer loved his breakthrough season after returning to his previous IPL franchise. He appeared the reply to RCB’s perennial loss of life bowling woes. Barring his 37-run over towards Ravindra Jadeja, Harshal had an impressive outing this 12 months within the pink jersey.
One other lacking title from the squad was all-rounder Rahul Tewatia, who had failed his health take a look at forward of England T20Is. Tewatia and Varun Chakravarthy reportedly had failed to satisfy the minimal necessities within the health take a look at performed. Whereas Chakravarthy has earned a spot within the 20-member squad, Tewatia has been neglected when Krunal Pandya and Ok Gowtham are current within the set-up.
Regardless of requires his inclusion, Saurashtra skipper Jaydev Unadkat was additionally omitted of the Indian squad. A superb performer within the home circuit, the left-arm pacer was essential to his aspect’s 2019-20 Ranji Trophy run. He picked up 67 wickets — probably the most by any pacer, surpassing Dooda Ganesh’s 62 wickets document within the 1998-99 season.
“I fail to grasp why Jaydev Unadkat is being ignored. He picked 67 wickets (a document) within the final Ranji Trophy and lots of them got here on the flat monitor of Rajkot,” former nationwide selector informed Sarandeep Singh PTI final month.
Dinesh Karthik, India’s hero within the 2018 Nidahas Trophy closing towards Bangladesh, was additionally neglected. He just lately stated that he must be part of the T20I set-up and is hopeful to squeeze into the T20 World Cup squad too.
four. Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube’s future hangs within the steadiness
With Hardik Pandya‘s return, the fast-bowling all-rounder slot seems to be executed and dusted. He is the lone choice within the squad, going through no competitors in any way from the same form of participant.
Vijay Shankar hasn’t donned the India jersey because the 2019 World Cup. His IPL 2020 was additionally minimize quick by a hamstring damage. He suffered one other damage setback within the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The Tamil Nadu cricketer’s IPL 2021 stint wasn’t nice both. He scored simply 58 runs in seven video games and picked three wickets as SunRisers Hyderabad slumped to the underside place. In Hardik’s presence, Shankar’s return to the nationwide set-up seems to be bleak in the mean time.
Shivam Dube additionally has gone down the identical path. When he joined Royal Challengers Bangalore, large issues have been anticipated from him. Nonetheless, in 15 video games for the Virat Kohli-led outfit, he managed simply 168 runs at a mean of 16.90. After shifting his base to Rajasthan Royals, Dube appeared no totally different, scoring 145 runs at a mean of 24.16 and with a strike price of 117.88.
5. Sanju Samson to fill Shreyas Iyer’s void?
Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson will probably be one of many decisions for India to don the gloves, and he may additionally get an opportunity to play on the No.three place. Nonetheless, with Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav within the set-up, Samson must struggle for his place within the Enjoying XI.
The wicketkeeper-batsman nonetheless has to tick the consistency field. He slammed a ton towards the Punjab Kings to begin his IPL 2021 marketing campaign on a excessive. Nonetheless, he appeared hot-and-cold in different video games. Rishabh Pant’s rise might have jeopardized Samson’s worldwide profession, however the Kerala participant has nonetheless received what it takes to be part of the Indian set-up.
Shreyas Iyer, then again, will probably be licking his lips to make a return. Having undergone shoulder surgical procedure in April, Iyer is anticipated to take no less than three months to be match once more. After lacking the primary half of IPL 2021, the Delhi Capitals skipper will most certainly be part of the franchise for the rest of the season within the UAE.
India’s squad for Sri Lanka tour: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Nitish Rana, Ishan Kishan (Wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Ok Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Vice-captain), Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Chetan Sakariya
Web Bowlers: Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simarjeet Singh