Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that Varun Aaron should be picked ahead of Dhawal Kulkarni in the Indian XI when India play the ODI series against Sri Lanka. Ganguly also added that Aaron’s extra pace makes him the better choice ahead of the big tour of Australia knocking the doors of Indian team.

Ganguly felt that a few extra yards of pace of Aaron would have made the difference for India on flat, dry wickets at home.

“Dhawal Kulkarni has been picked but I would have really wanted to see Varun Aaron play the ODIs. He’s got pace and he needs to be kept in the side and nurtured to make him a better bowler. I really wanted to see him on the flat, dry wickets in the series where a little bit of extra pace is necessary. Umesh Yadav will bowl with a lot of pace, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will get the ball to swing but I think Aaron would have been an ideal replacement for Shami.”

“Last time we saw him [Aaron] play international cricket was in the last two Tests in England and he hasn’t played after that, which is hugely surprising for me. He played one Duleep trophy match where he looked completely out of match practice. If he has to stay fit, he has to bowl a lot in match situation. He cannot get fitter by sitting at home and lifting weights in the gym.” Dada said.

The first of the five match ODI series India and Sri Lanka begins on November 2 in Cuttack. According to Sourav Ganguly, this should be the ideal playing XI in the ODI’s against Sri Lanka:

Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Ishant Sharma.