Play. Shikhar Dhawan, who has been out of the team for a long time, has increased the trouble of the Indian team’s selection committee due to poor performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
But in the meantime, young batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad and all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer have confirmed their place in the ODI series against South Africa.
In fact, on the one hand, the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) has handed over the captaincy of the ODI team to Rohit Sharma after T20, and on the other hand the selection of the team for the series has not been done yet. At the same time, the selectors will select the players for this 50-over series keeping in mind the bio bubble and workload management.
Amazing performance in Vijay Hazare Trophy
Meanwhile, two names in the form of Maharashtra captain Rituraj Gaikwad and Venkatesh Iyer, who scored three and two centuries in the Vijay Hazare Trophy series, have brought some relief to the selectors. After this it has become clear that Venkatesh Iyer can replace Hardik Pandya. Let us inform that in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Iyer has also taken some important wickets after batting.
However, in the presence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, it will be difficult for Iyer to fit in the top order. But batting at number 5 or 6, Venkatesh Iyer can play the role of a finisher. Earlier, Iyer had played an excellent innings of 112 runs in 84 balls while batting at number four for Kerala. At the same time, when he got a chance at number five, he was successful and he played a smoky innings of 71 runs in 49 balls.
On Sunday, a source in the selection committee told PTI that Venkatesh Iyer’s tour of South Africa is certain. He is bowling 9 or 10 overs in every match. In such a situation, this is the best time for him because Hardik Pandya is still unwell. Also, the source said that the new team management will give Iyer a chance to bat in the middle order. If he is not injured till now, then his selection for the ODI series is certain.
Dhawan may get last chance
Talking about Shikhar Dhawan, on the other hand, his score in the Vijay Hazare tournament was 0, 12, 14, 18. The way coach Rahul Dravid has given Ajinkya Rahane a chance for the Test, it seems that he can trust Shikhar Dhawan as well. At the same time, a BCCI source said that the last time the Indian team played a 50-over series against Sri Lanka, during that time the command of the team was in the hands of Dhawan. He also said that Dhawan has the ability to return to form, played a match-winning innings on the tour of Sri Lanka and won the series. So the selectors can give one last chance to Dhawan.
Significantly, on the South Africa tour, the Indian team has to play a series of three ODIs and three Test matches. This tour will start from 26th December and will continue till 23rd January. During this test from 26 December to 15 January while from 19 January