IND Vs SL 2017: Four Baffling Decisions Made By the Selectors for the ODI Series
BCCI on Monday announced the squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka next month. Virat Kohli has been rested for the limited overs series as Rohit Sharma is all set to lead the Men in Blue against Sri Lanka. The selectors have also given a chance to Punjab pacer Siddharth Kaul for his impressive performances in the Ranji Trophy.
Hardik Pandya, who was rested for the Test series due to heavy workload, has also been recalled to the side. Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav have also been picked and will be given a chance to prove their contention at the number four position.
In the bowling department, the only change was Siddharth Kaul replacing Shardul Thakur. Thakur missed the cut due to an injury.
However, some of the decisions made by the selectors have baffled Indian cricket fans. Let’s have a look at them-:
- Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin’s Indefinite Rest
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were India’s primary spin options till the Champions Trophy earlier this year. India lost the final against Pakistan in which the duo were way too expensive giving away runs at more than seven an over. This marked the decline of the two spinners in the limited overs format. Initially, the selectors had hinted that the two spinners had been rested due to the heavy workload. But soon after the claim, Ashwin played in the county season for Warwickshire whereas, Jadeja played for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy. The duo missed the limited overs series against New Zealand and Australia before being recalled for the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka. This choice of selection gives the fans a hint that Jadeja and Ashwin both are out contention for the 2019 World Cup, and if this is the case why haven’t the officials given the word on the decision?
- Too Many Chances for Kedar Jadhav?
The 32-year-old right handed batsman from Pune has been in the limited overs side for almost 12 months now but has hardly given a performance which could prove a case for him. Jadhav has scored 221 runs in his previous ten international 50 over matches which include just two half-centuries. India recently has had a few top order collapses, and Jhadhav has failed to cope up with the early fall of wickets and took responsibility to carry the innings on his shoulder. A player like Mayank Aggarwal who has scored over 900 runs in Ranji Trophy in November could have been given a chance, comparing the form of the two batsmen.
- Shreyas Iyer over KL Rahul?
Shreyas Iyer was in the T20 squad which played against New Zealand earlier this month. He batted in two matches of the series scoring 23 in Rajkot and 6 in Trivandrum. Despite these low scores, Iyer impressed during his short stay at the crease. Iyer was picked for the series in place of KL Rahul who has struggled in the limited overs format. Rahul has scored just 52 runs in his last seven innings for India in ODI’s. With Iyer being selected for the three-match ODI series it looks like its time over for Rahul in the limited overs format.
- Lack of General Vision.
The Indian middle order has struggled in the recent times, may be due to the excessive experimentation with the batting order. Except for the top three spots, none of the batsmen has a fixed spot to bat on. The Indian management has tried the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jhadhav at different positions in the batting order. With Yuvraj and Rahul now out of the setup, Iyer, Pandey, Karthik and Jhadhav will compete against each other to make it to the playing XI. Pandya’s inclusion means that if India requires quick runs, he could be promoted up the order to accelerate the run rate which means a shuffle in the batting order.
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