Five Surprising Selections In India’s ODI And T20 Squad
Amid chaos and confusion, Board of Control for Cricket in India’s selection committee on Friday chaired the meeting which had all eyes on it after the sacking of its President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke.
After the chain of events from the recent past between Supreme Court appointed Lodha Panel and Indian cricket’s governing body, the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad announced the squad for 3-match One-day International and Twenty20 International squad against England which starts on January 15 at Pune.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has retained his spot after stepping down as the ODI and T20I skipper. He will be playing under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, who has scored most centuries under Dhoni’s captaincy.
After the change of guard, few players were left out despite decent performances in the recent past which clearly has shown a paradigm shift after the apex court hearing.
Rohit Sharma missed out to make into the squad after a groin injury alongside Axar Patel, who is suffering from thumb injury.
Since New Zealand series Rohit hadn’t had a game. However, Mohammad Shami and Dhawal Kulkarni were sidelined after suffering from knee injuries.
Sportzwiki has come up with 5 players who were a surprise package in the limited-overs squad:
Kedar Jhadav – Looking To Cement His Place
The 31-year-old Kedar Jadhav has been a composite character over the ground. He has played 4 matches for Maharashtra this Ranji season in which he has scored 353 runs at an average of 58.83 which includes one hundred and three half-centuries.
In ODIs he debuted in 2014 against Sri Lanka where he could score just 20. He played his last ODI in October last year against New Zealand where he scored unbeaten 39 off 37 balls.
The middle-order batsman has played 12 ODIs so far in which he has scored 236 runs at an average of 47.20. He has one hundred to his name.
Earlier, in 2010, Jhadav has is remembered for his 29-ball 50 on his IPL debut for Delhi Daredevils against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
He would be eyeing to cement his place in the national side as the competition is equally tough for the newcomers as there is no dearth of talent.
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