Dhawan's form, Ishant & Ashwin's Fitness Focus of Selection Meet for West Indies Tests on Wednesday

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New Delhi: Shikhar Dhawan’s poor approach in testing situations together with the health standing of Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin will come up for dialogue when the selectors choose the Indian staff for the two-Take a look at sequence in opposition to the West Indies right here on Wednesday.The 2 Exams shall be held in Rajkot (October 4-8) and Hyderabad (October 12-16).

For some unusual cause, the Indian cricket board didn’t difficulty a customary media advisory for the assembly within the capital. Sources within the BCCI stated that five-member committee might choose the aspect tomorrow however await an official announcement until the tip of the Asia Cup last on September 28.

One of many principal causes is believed to be Dhawan’s choice within the Take a look at staff whereas Ishant (ankle) and Ashwin (groin) are racing in opposition to time to get match.

For the reason that two Exams shall be a type of costume rehearsal for the tour of Australia, selectors shall be eager on giving all these gamers alternative wanting on the sequence Down Beneath.

Murali Vijay is again among the many runs in County cricket however having been lately dropped, it is going to be tough for him to make a comeback.

KL Rahul after his trendy 149 on the Oval has sealed one of many opener’s slot however the difficulty is with Dhawan.

His prowess on flat tracks with lack of seam motion is thought to every body because it has been evident through the Asia Cup. Nevertheless, when the ball swings or seams at tempo, his approach has been discovered wanting.

Within the lately concluded Take a look at sequence in England, Dhawan did not register a single half-century in eight innings.

There’s a chance that if given an opportunity, Dhawan will once more plunder runs in opposition to a weak West Indies assault on featherbeds earlier than turning into a possible ‘strolling wicket’ in opposition to the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

The bone of rivalry shall be whether or not Dhawan’s sub-continental type as soon as once more turns into a parameter for his choice when the Australia tour is across the nook.

Children Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have scored truckloads of runs and are ready for his or her alternative. Shaw was included within the squad for the final two Take a look at matches in England and could be hoping that he will get his much-deserved Take a look at cap at Rajkot.

Whereas skipper Virat Kohli is anticipated to make a comeback after a much-needed three-week break, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are certainties.

Hanuma Vihari and Karun Nair would be the two middle-order back-ups whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar is anticipated to return again into the aspect.

Ashwin’s hip harm and Ishant’s dodgy ankle are two worrying areas for the selectors. Each have pulled out of the Vijay Hazare Trophy and it is nonetheless not clear if they are going to be match for the Take a look at sequence.

Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav are two certain shot picks within the squad.

In case Ashwin misses out, Vihari’s part-time off-spin is one choice and within the subsequent line of spinners, the selection is between Krishnappa Gowtham and Jayant Yadav. Shahbaz Nadeem regardless of his sensible type can have a troublesome combat with Jadeja and Kuldeep already within the squad.

For the leg-spin choice, there may be Amit Mishra and Yuzvendra Chahal although A staff coach Rahul Dravid has termed the latter as “work in progress”.




First Printed: September 25, 2018, 10:56 PM IST


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