Rohit Sharma will captain against West Indies, these two legends can be dropped
Ind vs WI ODI Series: India’s limited overs captain Rohit Sharma is ‘fit’ and is set to lead India in a six-match limited overs series starting with three ODIs against West Indies in Ahmedabad on February 6. However, the selection committee meeting to be held this week will be interesting as some senior players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravichandran Ashwin may be in danger after a clean sweep in the 0-3 ODI series in South Africa.
Rohit, who was ruled out of the South Africa tour after straining his left leg, is ready to lead the team. Rohit will give a mandatory fitness test on Wednesday at 11.30 am and the team is expected to be announced after that. Three T20 matches against West Indies will be played in Kolkata from February 16 to 20.
‘Rohit Sharma is fit’
A source in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) told PTI on condition of anonymity, “Rohit is fit and available for the series against West Indies. Rohit’s rehabilitation will take more than seven and a half weeks till the start of the series against West Indies.
“He has already started training in Mumbai and is expected to go to Bangalore for a fitness test and get formal approval from the National Cricket Academy,” the source said. Will go. However, the BCCI is also considering other options regarding the responsibility and workload of leading the team in two consecutive World Cups in 2022 and 2023.
KL Rahul’s first series as captain is believed to have not gone as expected and for the time being he will have to remain under Rohit’s guidance till he is considered ready to lead the team in future. India lost three international matches in South Africa under Rahul and decision makers in Indian cricket believe that he could not lead as captain.
It is believed that all eyes will be on Rahul’s performance as the captain of Lucknow Super Giants in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League. Hardik Pandya has started bowling in the nets. Whether he will be able to bowl at his full potential is not yet clear but with Venkatesh Iyer’s inexperience at No.6 and head coach Rahul Dravid’s admitting that Hardik was missed, the Baroda player’s way back against the West Indies can be clear.
The source said, “You have to remember that after the T20 World Cup, Hardik was dropped from the T20 team and was not rested due to fitness. The selectors wanted to send him a message after his poor performance in the T20 World Cup but he is a good player and cannot be left out for long.
He said, “If not against West Indies then he will definitely come back against Sri Lanka.” Ravindra Jadeja also looks close to attaining full fitness and is expected to return against West Indies or Sri Lanka. Management of Jasprit Bumrah’s workload is crucial for the Indian team and it is likely that he may be rested from all the six matches.
Bumrah played all six matches in South Africa which included three Tests and three 50-over matches. He also scored the most overs (104.5 in Tests and 30 in ODIs) during this period.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been in poor form, may be dropped while Ashwin may be given a chance in another series as the limited-overs series against South Africa was his return to one-day internationals. Fast bowlers like Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel can once again find a place in the T20 team.
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