Selectors to pick Team India for Australia Tour on Saturday


Indian selectors will be scheduled to meet on Saturday to pick the Indian team for the limited over series against Australia in January while in-form Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami who has returned from his injury recently are likely to make comebacks in limited over formats.

Back in form with an impressive performance against South Africa in the recently-concluded Test series, Ravindra Jadeja is likely to make a comeback when the national selectors meet on Saturday to pick the Indian squad for the upcoming limited-overs series in Australia.

India will play five ODIs and 3 T20 internationals in Australia with the very first online game beginning on January 12.

3 other gamers, who could be under spotlight, are fit-again pacer Mohammed Shami, senior-most pacer Ishant Sharma and experienced batsman Murali Vijay, who has begun batting in the middle-order in one-dayers for Tamil Nadu and also might be a back-up opener for an out of form Shikhar Dhawan.

Mohammad Shami

The selectors will choose the squad, to be captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, keeping the ICC World T20 in mind although atleast 12 gamers are likely to be automatic choices in both the formats.

With 23 wickets in his comeback against the Proteas, in addition to crucial runs (109 runs), the 27-year-old Saurashtra all-rounder ought to be back in the ODI team after six months and likely to beat Axar Patel for the 2nd spinner’s slot with Ravichandran Ashwin being an automatic option.

Ishant Sharma, who has had an excellent season as the strike bowler in Test matches is likely to obtain the nod in restricted overs after a space of nearly one year. Ishant was being thought about for the limited-overs series versus South Africa however he pulled a hamstring during a Ranji match and was rested remembering the Test series.

The other emphasize of the option meeting in the capital could be the selectors’ take on whether to include Mohammed Shami in the team. Shami, who had undergone knee surgery after World Cup, has actually just made his comeback to competitive cricket in the Vijay Hazare trophy.

He had actually played two matches with figures of 2/52 in 10 overs versus UP and 1/40 in 8 overs versus Madhya Pradesh.

In case of Shami, it will mainly hinge on whether he is fit to be picked and not about his kind, as he is thought about to be a possession by both the team management and the selectors.

With the Indian bowlers being taken to cleaners in the limited-overs series versus South Africa, Shami’s return on Australian pitches will give the irregular pace attack the much-needed increase.

Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohit Sharma are the pacers in contention apart from Shami and Ishant, which will make it five-pronged attack for the bouncy Australian conditions.

The third spinner could be an arguable problem as it will be a three-horse race between Harbhajan Singh, Patel and Amit Mishra. Harbhajan had a good ODI series against SA with 6 wickets from 4 matches at an economy rate of 5.30.

With an absence of options for seamer all-rounders, Stuart Binny may once again get the not despite not having any piece de resistances to compose house about.

Ambati Rayudu’s kind has dipped given that last year and Murali Vijay with credit ratings of 25, 35, 55, 44 in the middle-order might get a look-in. The truth that he can open the innings will be taken into account by the selectors.

India’s batting line-up more or less chooses itself with Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina and Dhoni being automatic options in this format.

If it is a 16-member team then Gurkeerat Singh Mann could be the additional man as all-rounder.