Australia in India 2013-14 September 29, 2013

Mohit likely to retain place, Yuvraj a chance


Mohit Sharma, who bagged the Man-of-the-Match award on his ODI debut during India's tour of Zimbabwe, is likely to keep his place in the squad for the first half of India's limited-overs series at home against Australia, which starts with the lone Twenty20 international in Rajkot on October 10. Yuvraj Singh has done enough upon his return to be on the selectors' radar.

The national selection panel, which was retained during Sunday's BCCI annual general meeting, will meet in Chennai on Monday to pick the squad for the T20I and first three of the seven ODIs to be played against Australia.

Mohit, the medium-pacer from Haryana who followed up an excellent Ranji Trophy season with Haryana with an impressive IPL season for Chennai Super Kings, has a reputation for striking early in the innings. It is this ability, combined with his work ethic, that has impressed coach Duncan Fletcher. The selectors are of the view he is ready for the highest level.

If Mohit is rewarded with a place, he is likely to replace Vinay Kumar from the triumphant Champions Trophy squad. Besides Mohit, the most discussed player will be Yuvraj, who led India Blue to the Challenger Series title on Sunday.

Yuvraj made his return to international cricket last September after recovering from a rare germ cell cancer. He subsequently lost his place in the side after some middling performances. He is now back after a a prolonged fitness stint in France with renowned trainer Tim Exeter. Ever since returning to competitive cricket, a lean and fit Yuvraj has blazed away consistently.

He marked his return to competitive cricket with an astonishing knock of 123 runs for India A against West Indies A two weeks ago, and followed it up with scores of 40 and 61 in the following one-dayers before signing off the series with a quick-fire 52 in the lone T20. Though he missed the Challenger opener due to a stiff back, he carried in his form with a trademark 84 against India Red before scoring 29 against Delhi in Sunday's final.

Yuvraj has appeared to be at his fluent best, thus forcing the selectors to take note. The selectors have been viewing Yuvraj's resurgence as a "good headache". They now have three choices: to bring back Yuvraj, or to stick with Dinesh Karthik who had a decent Champions Trophy outing, or to go with Ajinkya Rahane, who has been waiting in the wings for a long time.

Two of these middle-order batsmen can be accommodated in case the selectors decide not to go for a like-for-like replacement for an unfit Irfan Pathan from the Champions Trophy squad. However, it is understood that Abhishek Nayar's name will pop up during the discussion for the slot left vacant by Irfan's injury.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    my squad 4 T20Is:- 1> Shikhar 2> Rohit 3> Virat 4> Yuvi da champ 5> Suresh 6> MSD da gr8 7> Abhishek Nayar 8> Sir Jaddu 9> Manpreet Gony/Sudeep Tyagi 10> Rahul Shukla 11> Amit Mishra 12> Ajinkya/Unmukt Chand/Surya Kr. Yadav 13> Piyush Chawla/Karan Sharma 14> Sandeep Warrier/Aaron Varun/Sreenath Aravind/Yo Mahesh/Parvinder Awana/ Md. Shami Ahmed 15> Sanju Samson

    my squad 4 50-50Is(ODIs):- 1> Shikhar 2> Rohit/Unmukt 3> Virat 4> Ambati Rayudu/Ajinkya/Yuvi da champ 5> Suresh/Sanju Samson 6> MSD da gr8 7> SIR 8> Ravi Ashwin 9> Buvanesh 10> Umesh Yadav/Amit Mishra 11> Ishant Sharma/Aaron Varun/Md. Shami Ahmed

  • Naresh on September 30, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    India can easily put together a good team for ODI. Dhawan, Rohit, Raina,Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Kohli - more or less are definite. In the recent games played by India A, U19's and U23, we can choose to definite s in Pujara, Juneja, Kohli, Bhuvi and Dhoni for tests. Fringe players like Rahane, Vijay,Mohit, Pandey, Zol, Menaria, Lokesh Rahul, Amit Mishra need to step up further to gain places. The selectors will have headache choosing. I mention Juneja as a test player cause this is one batsman who seems to be in mould of Pujara - they can face many balls - longevity without losing their wicket.

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    my team is for T20 1. Shikhar Dhawan 2. Yusuf Pathan 3. Virat kohli(C) 4. Yuvraj singh 5. Rohit Sharma 6 .Dhoni(wk) 7 .Jadeja 8 .Amit Mishra 9. Zaheer khan 10.Bhuvi 11.Unadkant 12.Dinesh karthik (sub bat) 13.Vinay kumar (sub bowl)

  • sANTHOSH on September 30, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    My ODI Team 1)Shikhar 2)D.Karthik/Pujara/ 3)Kohli 4)Yuvraj 5)Dhoni* 6)Raina 7)Jadeja/Bhatia 8)Ashwin/Mishra 9)Bhuvaneshwar 10)Mohit/Vinay 11)Ishanth/Umesh

    Rohit Sharma should be ignored from the series he is underperforming.

  • mathar on September 30, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    MY Team : 1.Dhawan 2.Pujara 3.Kohli 4.yuraj 5.Raina 6.Dhoni 7.Rohit Sharma 8.Jadeja 9.Bhuvneshwar kumar 10.Vinaykumar 11.Unadkat/Mohit sharma 12.Ashwin 13.Juneja 14.Aparajit 15.Abishek Nayar.

  • Nishanth on September 30, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    My ODI team will be 1. Shikar dhawan 2.Sehwag 3.Virat kohli 4.Yuvraj singh 5.Suresh raina 6.MS dhoni 7.Ravindra jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvenashewar kumar 10.Umesh yadav 11.Zaheer khan 12.Mohit sharma

  • Sameer on September 30, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    @ Gopalakrishna No matter how positive the forum is. How well selectors are doing their job. How well all cricketers are playing. How everybody deserving is getting a chance. There is always someone like you to spread negativity.

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Team India for Australia series: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    my team, 1 dhawan 2 rohit 3 kohli 4yuvraj 5 raina 6 dhoni 7 jadeja 8 ashwin 9 b kumar 10 mohit sharma 11 ishant sharma, and sub 12 nayar 13 u yadav 14 d kartik 15 p ojha i think thats the best

  • Shiba on September 30, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Yuvi Must Come.... He has a Wonderfull come back with his fitness. Now He is looking more fit and active. He deserve a place in Team.