The India team for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka will be picked on Tuesday. Asked whether the selection committee would also name the squad for the upcoming four Test matches in Australia, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said: “Only two ODIs (against Sri Lanka).” The national selectors, however, might take the opportunity to discuss the possible composition of the Test side when they meet at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai tomorrow afternoon. High on the agenda, though, would be Varun Aaron’s fitness.
The Jharkhand quick injured his right quadriceps during the first ODI in Cuttack and left the field after bowling only 4.1 overs. With the tour Down Under approaching, it is a cause for concern.
“The team landed in Ahmedabad on Monday evening and Aaron was taken to a hospital for medical tests. Reports will come tomorrow morning and we’ve to wait till then,” a source close to the team management told this paper. If Aaron can’t continue, a replacement has to be sought. Then there’s the big question. Will MS Dhoni return for the final two ODIs? The last match of the series will be played in his hometown Ranchi.
“Dhoni has issues with his forearm. If he declares himself fit, he will get in,” a top BCCI official said.
It is learnt that the selectors are keen to bring back Rohit Sharma for the last two matches. The Mumbai batsman broke his finger in Cardiff during India’s limited-overs leg in England. The injury had ruled him out of the series. He wasn’t considered for the home ODIs against West Indies either and also for the first three matches against Sri Lanka. But the 27-year-old has started his comeback process with a century in the tour game and needs game-time before he goes to Australia. If Rohit is brought back, Ambati Rayudu could be the casualty.
Dravid backs KL Rahul
New Delhi: Former India captain Rahul Dravid said that he would like to see his statemate and new batting sensation KL Rahul make it to the Indian Test team for the tour of Australia along with talented Railways leggie Karn Sharma. “He has scored over 1000 runs in the domestic season, looks in really good form with twin hundreds in the Duleep final, so if you are going to give a youngster an opportunity, it’s good to pick him if he’s in good form and actually playing well. You are picking him, at least initially, as a back-up opener,” Dravid told ESPN Cricinfo on Monday.
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