Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad and his reasons to pick and drop players.
On Dhoni: He is not going to play the six T20s because we are looking at second wicketkeeper. It will be between Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik and they will get a chance.
On Hardik: He is not yet recovered. He is not there till November 15. It is difficult to match Hardik’s all-round ability. We don’t see that kind of talent in India. We expect Bhuvneshwar to come good.
On Vijay: Vijay has been dropped from England series. He went back and played county. Showed intent and performed. Considering the intensity of the series, we considered him for Australia.
On Rohit: With regard to Rohit we felt his nature of play (was suited). He is a very good backfoot player.
On Parthiv: He was not picked for Afghanistan and England. But subsequently, he played Duleep Trophy. He batted and kept well. We have brought in youth and experience, we wanted him because it will be a high-intensity series. He can bat anywhere in the top-order. Considering all these factors we have picked him.
On practice games in Australia: We are playing only one first-class match on November 28th.