The squad for the T20 series against Sri Lanka has been selected keeping in mind the South Africa tour.
Some important and busy players have been given a break. This has provided an opportunity for some youngsters to make their debut for India. The squad for the T20 series against Sri Lanka was named on Monday, 4 December and there is a few surprise picks in there. Virat Kohli who is rested from ODIs has also been rested from the T20Is.
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Also, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who are important players for upcoming tours have been given a break. These changes have been made keeping in mind the South Africa tour. Some new additions in the squad are Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda and Basil Thampi. On the basis of their IPL and domestic performances, they were selected to play for India A
The Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad in an interview said,”Virat, Bhuvi, and Shikhar have all been rested keeping the South Africa tour in consideration. With regard to the youngsters, someone like Basil Thampi, Siraj, Hooda, Shreyas Iyer – all these players have been doing really well in domestic cricket.
After doing well in domestic cricket we have given them opportunities in India A tours to South Africa and against New Zealand here [at home]. Considering all those performances and taking performances of the top-class IPL we have considered these names.”
Jaydev Unadkat has also been selected on the basis of his recent performances and was part of India’s squad in June 2016 against Zimbabwe. Sundar and Jaydev were among the top players that enabled Rising Pune Supergiant to reach the finals of the IPL, and Sundar is also a matured all-rounder. He can boast of taking the wickets of Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell playing for the Board President’s XI, while Jaydev Unadkat finished as the second highest wicket-taker in this year’s IPL.
Basil Thampi’s bowling was one of the very few bright spots for the Gujarat Lions. Deepak Hooda is one to watch for a long time now. He is a handy all-rounder.He represented the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He did not get many chances to prove his worth in IPL 2017, but he was always the preferred choice in the XI.
Author’s take :
We might see Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat and Washington Sundar in the playing XI. As Jasprit Bumrah will lead the bowling attack, Jaydev Unadkat may take the role of Bhuvneshwar. Jaydev has been playing domestic cricket for many years now and can definitely handle the Sri Lankan batsmen. The spinner W Sundar may come in for Kuldeep or Chahal as he provides the batting option as well.