India will be playing a 3 matches ODI series and the selectors have rested the big guns and handed captaincy to Suresh Raina. Interesting Raina failed to make into squad during Asia Cup but was named as captain this time.

The performers of IPL and last domestic season like Kedar Jadhav, Robin Uthappa, Parvez Rasool, Akshar Patel and Vinay Kumar have made into the team. However, Ambati Rayudu, Mohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Umesh Yadav who were been in and out have also been included.

Only Pujara, Rahane, Saha and Binny who featured in the England tour were included in this squad too.

Squad for Bangladesh ODIs: Suresh Raina (capt), Robin Uthappa(wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Parvez Rasool, Akshar Patel, R Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Amit Mishra.

Robin Uthappa had a brilliant IPL season and is about to end as the Orange Cap holder. Ajinkya Rahane has shown his class for RR in this season, while Ambati Rayudu had a good season with MI been the second highest run scorer in the season. Pujara didn’t had a good one as he was dropped after 6 games as he failed to score at a quicker pace. And Manoj Tiwary who has been consistent performer whenever called up and Captain Raina are in a decent form. The experience of these players in the top order will help the team.

Kedar Jadhav, top scorer in Ranji Trophy this year who done well in the IPL will be expecting to get one or two games. Saha might not hope that he may get a place in the team with Uthappa in the squad. If management will think of resting Robin to open with Rahane & Pujara, Saha will be in the playing XI.

Inclusion of some good all-round talents like Binny, Rasool and Akshar helps India’s coming future strong. Binny, a genuine medium pace bowler who has also been selected for England tour will help him to get prepared. Rasool has been a consistent performer in domestic circuit and made into Zimbabwe tour last year but failed to make debut, which he will hope to do this time around. Akshar has been impressive in Ranji’s as well as this IPL as he became strike bowler for KXIP.

And the bowling comprises with Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma and Amit Mishra. Vinay Kumar was a regular member quite time before but lost the place with poor performances. With almost 6 pacer were included for England series, he was a bit luck to make into this team. While Mohit & Umesh must feel unlucky to miss out from test series after impressive performances but will like to deliver to make sure they will be included in limited overs team. Mishra was a key performer for India till World T20 but failed badly in this IPL after a brilliant season last year. But will be in the squad been the senior spinner.

This squad can form a good team but it’s all left how they perform. With the players in the England test tour, might end up with two games as they like to be fresh to fly for England. With players like Raina, Rayudu, Rasool, Mishra, Mohit & Umesh might be included in all the games.

Probable Final XI: R Uthappa, C Pujara / A Rahane, S Raina (capt), A Rayudu, M Tiwary / K Jadhav, S Binny, P Rasool, A Patel / V Kumar, A Mishra, M Sharma, U Yadav.

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