India vs Sri Lanka: Prithvi or Padikkal? Chahal or Chahar? A take a look at choice dilemmas plaguing Rahul Dravid and Co
In a uncommon prevalence, two completely different Indian groups can be touring two completely different international locations on the identical time. One Indian workforce with the seniors is getting ready for the Take a look at sequence towards England whereas one workforce, largely full of newcomers and kids, can be battling it out for the ODI and T20I sequence in Sri Lanka.
Senior professional Shikhar Dhawan can be main the facet in Sri Lanka whereas Rahul Dravid, who’s the pinnacle of the Nationwide Cricket Academy, will take over the teaching duties.
Although many of the first-team gamers and seniors can be lacking from the facet which can tackle the Sri Lankans, Dravid and Co are spoilt for selections and it says quite a bit about India’s expertise reserves.
There are 5 gamers who’ve obtained their maiden nationwide call-ups — Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Okay Gowtham, Chetan Sakariya and Nitish Rana. It is an thrilling time for these kids that includes in an away tour beneath the tutelage of Dravid and studying from the skilled Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Dravid although has made it clear that the primary goal can be to win the sequence and the workforce can be chosen accordingly. However the squad is brimming with expertise and the workforce administration does face a range dilemma as they head into the ODI sequence.
The opening conundrum
Only a passing glimpse on the squad will provide you with an thought of the variety of top-order batsmen within the line-up, particularly Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Nitish Rana, Suryakumar Yadav.
Most likely Dhawan will open the batting, however who will associate him on the different finish?
Gaikwad, Rana, Kishan have all opened the batting sooner or later of their careers. They’ve additionally impressed within the IPL within the final couple of years.
Ruturaj Gaikwad has been a constant performer within the Checklist A circuit and averages 47.87 from 59 matches. He was the shining mild amid the gloom in Chennai Tremendous Kings’ 2020 IPL marketing campaign, averaging 51 from six matches. He impressed in patches within the 2021 IPL as effectively earlier than the pandemic compelled the suspension of the league mid-way.
Nitish Rana has opened the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders and batted at No 3 and within the center order as effectively. He hasn’t been that constant within the IPL although, averaging 25.14 within the 2020 IPL and 28.71 within the 2021 version. Nevertheless, he had an excellent 2020-21 Vijay Hazare Trophy, ending because the fifth-highest run-getter (398 runs from seven innings) at a median of 66.33 with two fifty-plus scores and a century.
Ishan Kishan too has batted at completely different positions like No 3, within the center order and as an opener as effectively. Extra on him later.
Nevertheless, it’d come right down to Shaw vs Padikkal.
Shaw bounced again strongly from his poor performances in Australia with a record-breaking 2020-21 Vijay Hazare Trophy the place he scored 827 runs from eight innings at a staggering common of 165.40 and strike price of 138.29. Within the course of, he set the report of scoring essentially the most runs in a single version within the historical past of the match.
He additionally scored a double century within the match. After a lacklustre IPL 2020 and getting dropped after the primary Take a look at towards Australia in Adelaide, it was a powerful reply from the teenager. He carried ahead that confidence in IPL 2021 with three fifty-plus scores and a median of 38.50 from eight matches with a strike price of 166.48.
“He’ll be capable to capitalise on the efficiency he gained in Vijay Hazare Trophy,” Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan stated on the Star Sports activities present Sport Plan. “So, what he did, he went out to home cricket after his poor run final yr within the IPL. He scored tons of runs in home cricket after which he tried to copy the identical within the IPL – he was capable of do it persistently as effectively. The best way he did it – with the suitable approach – he did an adjustment to the approach. His bat is coming near his physique – which is improbable – he’s very, very nonetheless, that helps, and if he’s scoring in home cricket then he can rating in worldwide cricket, as effectively. So, that IPL efficiency confidence will certainly increase his efficiency in Sri Lanka, as effectively.”
Devdutt Padikkal, alternatively, has been using the crest of a wave in his profession. His IPL performances have propelled him into the limelight. He scored his maiden century towards Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. He was RCB’s highest run-getter with 473 runs from 15 matches within the 2020 IPL.
RCB captain Kohli showered excessive reward on Padikkal after that century towards RR saying that he’s a “nice expertise, nice one to sit up for sooner or later.”
What may tilt the stability in Shaw’s future is the truth that with Dhawan opening, he brings that left-right mixture into play. Although he hasn’t been an integral a part of white-ball cricket for India, there’s a good likelihood he may get the nod which could assist him revive his India profession.
Who bats at No 3?
Once more there are a number of choices for India.
Suryakumar Yadav has lastly damaged open the choice door open in fashion after a protracted wait. He began off in a blistering style within the dwelling sequence towards England, with a 31-ball 57 in Ahmedabad in his debut worldwide innings. He is been a constant run-getter within the home enviornment for Mumbai and for Mumbai Indians within the IPL for the previous few years. His capability to alter gears at will and his temperament have stood out. And he is likely one of the finest gamers of spin. All this makes him an attractive prospect for the center overs and a whole package deal within the bigger scheme of issues.
There’s Manish Pandey as effectively who’s trying to set his stop-start profession in movement and may be thought-about as an choice at No 3. He is had some success at No 3 enjoying for Sunrisers Hyderabad within the IPL. He is scored essentially the most runs in that place in IPL — 1713, and possesses his finest common there (the place he has batted 15 or extra innings in a single place) — 32.9.
Then there’s Nitish Rana in addition to Kishan who can slot into that position.
Quite a bit will rely upon the workforce mixture. If India determine to go in with an additional batter, then Suryakumar may slot into the No 4 place with Pandey taking the No 5 and both Rana or Kishan slotting in at 3. If India choose for an additional all-rounder then Suryakumar and Pandey might juggle between 3 and 4.
The wicket-keeper battle
Sanju Samson and Kishan are each vying to get into that T20 World Cup squad and this Sri Lankan tour can be necessary for them. Kishan is one identify that has been on the periphery for the previous few years however as a consequence of inconsistencies, he wasn’t capable of unlock the choice door. Nevertheless, after a 500-run season (516 runs) within the IPL 2020 for Mumbai Indians, he lastly acquired an opportunity to don the nationwide colors.
The Jharkhand batsman began off in fashion with a 32-ball 56 as an opener on his T20I debut towards England. Nevertheless, he fizzled out a bit after that with scores of 4 (towards England), 28, 1, 12, 26 and 6 within the IPL 2021. Nonetheless, he is proven that he has a spark in him and that he can adapt to completely different batting positions with necessary contributions within the center order as effectively for Mumbai Indians.
In, out, in, out. Samson’s profession has been always oscillating between the 2. He too had been on the fringes for a very long time. However lastly, when he acquired an opportunity, he did not stay as much as the expectations. These inconsistencies have damage him, seeing as he isn’t made vital contributions within the alternatives he is been introduced with. Within the seven T20Is he is performed for India, he is averaged simply 11.85 with a excessive rating of 23. Contemplate this, he made his India debut on the Zimbabwe tour manner again in 2015 and continues to be on the fringes.
He did have a great time in IPL 2021, beginning off with a century — 119 towards Punjab Kings. And after a string of low scores (4,1,21), he acquired again his mojo and performed with maturity and duty to rack up scores of 42 not out, 42 and 48. He’ll nonetheless must do far more on this Sri Lanka tour and within the the rest of the IPL to remain within the reckoning for the T20 World Cup.
There’s not a lot to distinguish between the 2 by way of choice. Each possess aptitude and flamboyance and want to show themselves. It is a essential tour although. Extra the probabilities, the extra the sport time, the higher the prospects. With Rishabh Pant being the favorite to take up the glovework for the T20 World Cup, and the presence of Rahul who can even maintain, Kishan and Samson might want to up their batting recreation to throw their hats into the ring as pure batsmen.
The spin debate
Spin typically performs an important position on the sluggish and flat pitches of Sri Lanka. India have included six spinners of their line-up (should you embrace the all-rounders as effectively) — Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Krunal Pandya and Okay Gowtham. There’s a battle throughout the battle right here, with nearly everybody vying for the T20 World Cup berth.
Kuldeep is trying to resurrect his profession after a protracted interval of battle. Even Chahal who was as soon as India’s premier spinner has been struggling of late and his flight ticket for T20 WC may not but be assured. Rahul Chahar has been repeatedly climbing up the ladder along with his performances within the IPL — changing into an important cog for MI — and home cricket and staking his declare to a spot within the Indian facet.
Varun Chakravarthy, who has been impressing within the IPL, has been within the scheme of issues of the selectors however his health has been a serious impediment. He retains getting included in squads however then will get omitted as a consequence of harm or lack of health. He is been an important a part of the KKR setup and would look to show his health if he will get an opportunity. He’s an attacking choice for India whereas Krunal is extra of a holding choice fairly than a wicket-taking one.
Off-spinning all-rounder Okay Gowtham made headlines when was purchased by CSK for 9.5 crores in IPL 2021 public sale, changing into the costliest uncapped participant in IPL historical past. However he did not play a single recreation. He has an honest Checklist A report with 70 wickets from 47 matches and an financial system price of 4.73. He may be useful with the bat as effectively offering these late surges down the order. He has a Checklist A strike price of 141.26 and a T20 strike price of 159.24.
Which spinners play will once more rely upon the workforce mixture. Assuming that India will go in with two pacers, they could look to play two correct spinners and one spinning all-rounder. Hardik Pandya has been bowling within the nets nevertheless it’s not clear how a lot exertion his physique can deal with and whether or not he can bowl 10 overs each match. That is why a second all-rounder turns into essential, which additionally provides them a sixth bowling choice. Kuldeep provides them the left-arm wrist spin dimension, whereas Yuzvendra Chahal brings the expertise. There are probabilities we would see the ‘KulCha’ reunion which could, in flip, catalyse their particular person careers.
“I wish to see them (Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal) play in three ODIs,” Laxman stated within the Star Sports activities present Sport Plan. “I feel in ODIs, every bowler will get to play 10 overs. So, the extra overs they bowl, the extra success they’ve, they are going to get again the boldness – particularly Kuldeep Yadav.”
It is troublesome to see three wrist spinners get into the facet, so solely one in all Chahar or Chahal may get a spot within the eleven. Krunal may clinch that second all-rounder’s spot given the begin to his ODI profession the place he scored a 31-ball 58 on debut and the truth that he brings far more assurance and stability with the bat within the lower-order and can be utilized for choking the scoring within the center overs with two attacking spinners.
Predicted XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.
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