For India, the franchisee tournament has truly turned as an engine for new talents. However, Indian selectors are not bent only over the franchisee tournament to select player for international duty. While selecting the players for Champions Trophy, the selectors had more emphasis on domestic seasons. At least for the 50 overs format, the panel is looking at player’s performance in domestic 50 overs tournament.
This IPL season, several senior players had a strong comeback. For instance, Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina as well as Robin Uthappa. But it was not enough to woo India selectors. In contrast, they hold on to classic players in the team like MS Dhoni, who did not have an intensive play in the tournament. Kedar Jadhav found a spot for his domestic stances. His selection might be also for his previous ODI record in England.
For Champions Trophy, the team is formed to tackle its aspects of inconsistency. The openers, the middle order and the spin option has always a concern for the ODI team. This time, the selectors went with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan for the opening slots. The middle order came in right to the tested players like MS Dhoni and the spin option is probably borrowed from Test records. Ashwin is roped in for the task. In fact, he is rested from IPL to prepare for this assignment.
The selection of replacement players is also done carefully. Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Singh, Shardul Thakur and Dinesh Karthik are being prepared as back up players. They had a strong season behind them apart from IPL. Per MSK Prasad, it is difficult not to “get carried away with IPL performances.” But, they should base the selection on 50 over performance rather than T20. He said, the rise of players like Rahul Tripathi, Basil Thampi and Sanju Samson made him “really happy” and from there they got the platform to be groomed and to be on the “radar.”
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