BCCI on Sunday announced One Day International squad and T20 International for India’s tour of Sri Lanka. All rounder Yuvraj Singh and batsman Rishabh Pant have been dropped, while in-form Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have been rested. Pacer Shardul Thakur, who displayed tremendous show with the ball for Rising Pune Supergiant, has been rewarded for his performance. A senior BCCI official, who is privy to selection policy told news agency Press Trust of India that Yuvraj is no longer in contention for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. “His batting has lost sting. He rarely bowls and his fielding has gone down a few notches.
If we have to prepare a team for 2019 World Cup, we had to take a call now. In case of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, we still don’t have a replacement but Yuvraj’s place has multiple contenders,” the official, who can’t come on record, was quoted as saying by PTI. Yuvraj’s last 50 came against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy opener, however, the all rounder could hardly do anything notable as his last seven ODI innings fetched him only 162 runs.
Another player who was dropped from Team India is young keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. The youngster paved way for KL Rahul, who is also a decent glovesman. While the team also has Kedar Jadhav, another person who can keep wickets. In a surprise, the national selection committee decided to rest all senior bowlers — pacers Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav along with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. While Jasprit Bumrah is making a comeback after much-needed rest while rookie Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur has also been included in the side.
Team India for Sri Lanka ODIs & T20I: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar, Rohit (vc), Rahul, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jaspreet Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.