India vs Sri Lanka: Manish Pandey tipped for comeback in limited overs as selectors meet to decide team

Manish Pandey is expected to make a comeback, while the series could well be veteran Yuvraj Singh's last chance to revive his floundering international career.

PTI, August 12, 2017

New Delhi: Talented Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey is expected to make a comeback into the Indian limited overs squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, which could well be veteran Yuvraj Singh's last chance to revive his floundering international career.

It will also be interesting to note the selector's stand on Ajinkya Rahane.

File image of Manish Pandey. Getty Images

File image of Manish Pandey. Getty Images

With skipper Virat Kohli making it clear that he does not want rest, the batting group is expected to remain intact, but not without some selection conundrums.

Shikhar Dhawan was the highest run-getter in the Champions Trophy while KL Rahul is considered to be the man for all formats with centuries in each one of them. Rohit Sharma is a certainty to again wear the blue jersey, but it's still not known whether the selectors would rest Rahul despite being fully fit and in form.

Similarly, Rahane was the Man of the Series in Windies, and Dinesh Karthik fared decently in the limited chances that he got, but both may still get the axe if the selectors decide to persist with Yuvraj.

Rahane and Karthik made it to the side as Rohit, Manish and Rahul — the first-team choices — were out.

While Yuvraj's place in the side has been questioned by many for the longest time now, he has the backing of skipper Kohli despite a lean run with the bat and below-par fielding. In his last seven ODI appearances, Yuvraj has managed only 162 runs and was given bowling only once. His sloppy movement in the field has also been a problem.

Pandey was originally a part of the Champions Trophy squad but had to take a break due to an injury sustained during the IPL.

He made an impressive comeback, leading India A to a tri- series triumph in South Africa, with 307 runs. He was out only once in five matches.

The policy that the Indian selectors have followed is that any cricketer, who was out owing to injury, can come back once he has proved his match fitness.

Another veteran Suresh Raina's name is also doing the rounds after a two-month fitness stint in the Netherlands. Raina was a stand-by for the Champions Trophy and should be in contention for a berth. But then Raina has not played a single ODIs since 2015, so there remains a question mark.

A school of thought is that both Raina and Yuvraj should be given one last chance to prove their mettle, keeping the 2019 World Cup in mind.

The bowling department might see some shuffling as Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami are set to be rested.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel are likely to handle the slow bowling duties. Yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah, along with middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav and former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will be back in the squad.

Young keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is expected to be kept as Dhoni's understudy.

The selectors have also kept a close eye on Kerala's Basil Thampi even though he did not have a great A tour of South Africa.

Updated Date: Aug 12, 2017





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5599 124
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3474 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114