After West Indies players withdrew themselves from the India tour, the BCCI signed a contract with SLC for inviting Sri Lanka to play 5 ODI’s.
Yesterday the Indian team was announced.
The biggest surprise came for the fans when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was rested for this series. Along with him, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was also asked to take a much needed rest. What this decision did was that it gave a chance to Virat Kohli to captain the side one more time after the disastrous Asia Cup. It has given Kohli one more opportunity to prove that the Indian cricket is falling in good hands.
MS Dhoni has been given a break, so is it the right move by the selection panel? Well, if you see, India is going to play a lot of cricket before the World Cup. After the Sri Lanka series, India will be flying to Australia for a 4 match Test series and then a triangular ODI series which includes England, India and Australia. After that, the World Cup will start. India requires MS Dhoni more as to adapt to the Australian conditions, and MS Dhoni’s mental and physical strength will be tested. It is very good move by the selection committee to rest Dhoni and make him concentrate on much bigger things rather than a home series with subcontinent pitches.
With a more in depth view, Virat Kohli is seen as the future captain of India after MS Dhoni. It will be an important series for him as a captain as well as a player. Recently, he scored a brilliant century against West Indies and he is back in form. It is an opportunity for him to learn as well as guide a team. He may have captained Bangalore in the IPL but this is a longer format and this is International Cricket.
If India wins this series comprehensively, then it will boost Virat’s confidence and the players too. It is very timely and an appropriate decision taken by the BCCI.