After a victorious South Africa tour, top India players finally found a stretch to rest breaking away from their breathlessly busy schedule. Team India is set for its next campaign in Sri Lanka. However, half of the squad that came from South Africa is rested, including the captain and former captain MS Dhoni. Instead, selectors choose young players like Washington Sundar and the like of Mohammad Siraj, who didn’t get an opportunity in international circuit for some time. Nidahas Trophy, the tri-nation series hosted by Sri Lanka with involve the home team and Bangladesh.
Rohit Sharma will hit the series as the stand-in captain aided by Shikhar Dhawan as his deputy. The players rested from the series are Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav. They will be replaced in various positions throughout the line-up by Washington Sundar, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Siraj, Deepak Hooda and Rishabh Pant. Shankar and Sundar are allrounders, while Siraj is a fast bowler. Hooda is among the top batsmen in domestic circuit with good experience in international matches.
Pant was with the ODI team of India, being sidelined only due to injury. His record in the domestic T20 circuit is impressive. Also, Hooda and Shankar are among the regular players of India A team. Hooda’s record in the recent Vijay Hazare Trophy of being among the top scorers backs his selection strongly. Washington Sundar and Mohammed Siraj toured with the international team previously, but they remained uncapped. Both has a strong record in domestic cricket.
Per chairman of selectors MSK Prasad they selected the players keeping on mind the upcoming schedule of the team. The chairman said the selection us based on a recommendation of the high-performance team. It was suggested that fast bowlers should be provided adequate rest for improvement of their “athletic performance, maximize rest and prevent injury.”