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India squads for England, Bangladesh to be picked

Amol Karhadkar

May 28, 2014

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Robin Uthappa punches one down the ground, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2014, Kolkata, May 20, 2014
Robin Uthappa's Ranji and IPL form has him in contention for both the Test and ODI squads © BCCI
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The first big selection meeting of the season will be held on Wednesday when Sandeep Patil's men pick India's squads for the five-Test series in England and the preceding three ODIs in Bangladesh.

While it is being perceived that it would be too early to pick the Test squad for the tour that starts on June 26, the BCCI is taking precaution since visas for United Kingdom tend to get delayed at times.

When it comes to the Test squad, the selectors will be in a quandary over whether to pick 16 or 17 members. While the top seven in the batting line-up that featured in the previous Test series against New Zealand are assured of their places, the selectors will have to ponder over whether to go for Gautam Gambhir or Robin Uthappa as the reserve opener.

While Gambhir has experience on his side, Uthappa has followed up a fruitful domestic season with a consistent outing in the IPL at the top of the order. Besides, Uthappa also lends the option of being a back-up wicketkeeper, something that may come in handy on a long tour. Ambati Rayudu is likely to be persisted with as the reserve batsman.

As for the bowling line-up, Zaheer Khan - fitness permitting - and Mohammed Shami are set to lead the attack. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and Mohit Sharma will be vying for the remaining three or four pace-bowling positions. While R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are sure to lead the spin attack, it remains to be seen if the selectors go for a reserve slow bowler or a specialist back-up keeper to complete the squad.

The biggest talking point for the Bangladesh ODI series, to be held from June 15 to 19, is about who will be put in charge of the team. With MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli both likely to be rested ahead of a gruelling season that would culminate with the 2015 World Cup, Rohit Sharma and Ashwin are frontrunners for the captain's post.

It has to be seen if the selectors prefer Uthappa, the leading run-getter this IPL season, as Kohli's replacement or go for either Suresh Raina or Yuvraj Singh, both of whom have lost their place in the ODI side but have shown glimpses of form in the IPL. When it comes to Dhoni's replacement, Wriddhiman Saha, who has been waiting in the wings, and Sanju Samson, the Kerala keeper-batsman who has shown potential in the Ranji Trophy and the IPL, are the main contenders.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by espncricinfomobile on (May 31, 2014, 10:05 GMT)

Shewag deserve a chance howcan you drop a class player like him When he start showing his sing of form

Posted by Gamshach on (May 28, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

For sure Sehwag and Gambhir should be there in the team for the test match and of course they may not fit for ODI but they will prove in the test .

They are well experienced batsmen and can get more scores on the scoreboard.

Posted by spot_on on (May 28, 2014, 11:54 GMT)

Drop Dhawan and win some series!

Posted by kiran2406 on (May 28, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Drop rahane from ODI squad and consider uthappa in his position.. rahane has not promised a lot in ODI's but did wonderful job in test matches...

Posted by gopal.share on (May 28, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

Raina (C ), Uthappa, Rahane, Pujara, Rayudu, Manoj, Jadhav, Saha, Rasool, Akshar, Vinay, Umesh, Binny, Mohit, Mishra

Posted by CricketChat on (May 28, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

Uthappa (KKR) and Sandeep Sharma (Kings XI) deserve spots in the team after their stellar performances. If selected, they should be played, not made to sit on bench. Don't know why people think Zaheer Khan has any future with Ind side. He is done for good after latest injury saga. Ishant, who couldn't command a regular place even in a weak team like Sunrisers should be discarded for the time being. I don't think any Indian pace bowler was given as many chances as Ishant despite repeated failures. He will have to improve and prove his worth again through domestic grind just like Uthappa has done last couple of yrs.

Posted by android_user on (May 28, 2014, 11:27 GMT)

uthappa deserves a place in the squad fr bth the series.. nly worrying aspect s lack of bowlers to choose from for englnd series.. same old zak nd ishant wont do india ny gud..

Posted by Naresh28 on (May 28, 2014, 11:23 GMT)

No body wants to talk about MANOJ TIWARI who is a tried and tested Test player and was left out of late because of injury. He may not be suitable for ODI/T20 but to me is a surety for TESTS. The team could be strenghtened by including TIWARI/UTHAPPA at least in the 16/17 team selection.

Posted by Being_Bunty on (May 28, 2014, 11:16 GMT)

For Bangladesh Tour with Virat and Dhoni players like Rohit Sharma,R Ashwin and Bhuvi should also be rested as they are confirmed to play next WC and players like Samson, Rayudu, Uthappa who are waiting for their chance to play should be included, considering their recent form... Yuvi and Gouti also deserves another chance .

Posted by venbas on (May 28, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

Not able to understand the logic of putting Zak over Bhuvi as an automatic choice...Zak has already failed big time in SAF on seamer friendly conditions whilst Bhuvi has been making waves whether it is IPL or regular matches. Shami and Varun whilst good do not necessarily translate into bowlers who will terrorize the Opposition. Considering the woeful form of Ishant we have only Shami and Varun to support Bhuvi. I hope the selectors also try out players like Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma for their sheer consistency and ability to be accurate/take wickets in ODIs. And please please get Pujara into the ODI team. He would be the first person in my team to handle the quicks in English/SAF/Australian conditions.

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