The Sunil Joshi led panel is all set to pick Indian Cricket squads for the upcoming full-fledged tour of Australia. The panel will pick the initial squad for limited overs as well as Test leg of the tour. After Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, this will be first International series of team India. Team India will play 6 – limited overs match (3 – ODIs and 3- T20Is) followed by a four Test series on a 2-month long tour.
In white-ball cricket, it is understood, the main focus will be on identifying strong middle-order options who can bat in different circumstances and finish-off the innings.
Team India is looking for a backup player of Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey. While Rishabh Pant is not performing well, so they are also looking to find a backup wicket-keeper option along with KL Rahul.
However, a report by Times of India states, “the selectors are looking for a backup for Iyer and Pandey”, which is why “Suryakumar Yadav is well-placed to get his maiden call-up.”
Even former chief selector MSK Prasad believes trying Suryakumar wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
“SuryaKumar Yadav has been performing consistently for the last three years. Had Rishabh Pant been performing consistently down the order, then a lot of problems would have been solved. But with Rahul grabbing his opportunities as a wicketkeeper, it may open the door for Suryakumar,” Prasad told TOI.
“Sanju was played in the last T20I series in New Zealand. He should be given a longer run. But both Sanju and Shubman will have to bat at the top of the order,” Prasad thinks.
“It may be noted that he bowled very little in the last IPL before the World Cup. It could be that he has been asked to preserve himself or India duties. He could go to Australia as a late middle-order batsman but his bowling adds the edge,” a source close to selection matters told TOI.
“The problem is the likes of Shivam Dube and Vijay Shankar are more of batsmen who can bowl a bit. We, as selectors, had told them to work harder on their seam bowling. But there has not been much improvement on that front,” Prasad said.