Virat Kohli's heavy workload, Ravichandran Ashwin-Ravindra Jadeja comeback under focus at selection committee meeting

India will play three T20 Internationals against New Zealand in New Delhi (1 November), Rajkot (4 November) and Thiruvananthapuram (7 November).

PTI, Oct, 22 2017

Mumbai: Skipper Virat Kohli's huge workload will come up for discussion while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are expected to make a comeback when the selectors announce the India squad for T20 and Test series against New Zealand and Sri Lanka respectively.

India will play three T20 Internationals against New Zealand in New Delhi (1 November), Rajkot (4 November) and Thiruvananthapuram (7 November).

The three-match Test series against Sri Lanka starts 16 November.

India's Virat Kohli said he doesn't regret changing team's batting order. AP

File image of Virat Kohli. AP

The Indian team has been playing non-stop since Champions Trophy in England and the team management has been using rotation policy to protect players from fatigue.

However, one man who has been constantly playing across formats is Kohli.

Taking into account that Kohli will be playing all three 50-over games, by the time the New Zealand ODI series finishes, the skipper would have played three Tests, 23 ODIs and three T20 Internationals (1 abandoned) since June.

If Kohli is rested for the T20 series with Sri Lanka Tests in mind, then Rohit Sharma will lead the national team.

In case Kohli plays the T20 series against New Zealand, it could be safely concluded that he would be rested during the limited overs leg of the Sri Lanka series before the team embarks on a tough tour of South Africa.

Coming to the Test squad, spinners Ashwin and Jadeja will be back in the Test squad after being overlooked for three consecutive limited overs series against Sri Lanka, Australia and now New Zealand.

While selectors initially maintained that Ashwin and Jadeja were rested but in the interim, Ashwin played as many as six first class matches which includes four in the County Championship for Worcestershire and two in Ranji for Tamil Nadu.

Jadeja in his only game for Saurashtra, made a statement with a double hundred and seven wickets in the game.

Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha will be back in the squad. Murali Vijay if fit, KL Rahul will also be back for the Test matches.

Kuldeep Yadav is likely to become the third specialist spinner in the Test side.

Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav are also set to make the longer version squad.

Shami has been in good form for Bengal, having taken 10 wickets in two games and more importantly bowled more than 80 overs.

However, there may be a few changes in the T20 squad keeping the rotation policy in mind.

Ashish Nehra, who is expected to retire from international cricket after the first T20 International in Delhi on November 1, may be replaced by Jaydev Unadkat or Basil Thampi for the next two games.

It remains to be seen if Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been a constant feature in the limited overs since Champions Trophy, gets some much needed rest.

Published Date: Oct 22, 2017 | Updated Date: Oct 22, 2017




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