Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan and flamboyant allrounder- turned specialist batsman Hardik Pandya might be locked in a two-way combat for India captaincy if Shreyas Iyer would not get slot in time for the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka in July. India’s restricted overs specialists might be enjoying three T20 Internationals and as many ODIs within the island nation throughout the second half of July, when large weapons like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma might be in England for a marquee five-match Test collection. “It continues to be not clear if Shreyas will recuperate totally and might be match-fit in time for tour of Sri Lanka. Normally, a surgical procedure of this scale together with relaxation, intensive rehab and coaching to get again in form takes round 4 months,” a senior BCCI supply aware about choice issues informed PTI on circumstances of anonymity.
“In case Shreyas was accessible, he would have been the automated selection for captaincy,” the senior BCCI supply added.
It’s solely logical that the 2 contenders for captaincy are 35-year-old Dhawan, who has had good “one and half IPLs” in final two seasons and Pandya junior, who is among the most completed match-winners.
“Shikhar has had two superb IPL together with this curtailed one and being the senior most amongst those that can be found for choice, he’s a really robust contender. Also he has been a stable performer for India for previous eight years,” an official mentioned.
As far as Hardik is anxious, his fame as a white-ball match-winner cannot be discounted both.
“Yes, Hardik hasn’t been frequently bowling for MI or India in latest occasions. However, he’s the person with x-factor and amongst choices accessible,” the official added.
“He is miles forward of his friends by way of being an influence performer. And who is aware of, could also be further duty brings the very best out of him,” the official mentioned.
Pandya was included within the four-Test collection at dwelling in opposition to England in order that his bowling workload is elevated holding the England tour in thoughts however it’s learnt that the Baroda man is unlikely to bowl greater than an odd over or two within the shortest format or ODI in close to future.
“Hardik, after his again surgical procedure to remedy stress fracture, isn’t the identical bowler anymore. He was a quick medium bowler earlier than damage however to bowl at a brisk 135 kmph plus tempo constantly, it might influence his again. So he’s focussing extra on his match ending abilities,” an individual within the know of issues mentioned.
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