The home season ends for the Indian team after the face-off against the mighty Australian side which is due to start on the 14th of this month. The next challenge is a daunting task as Newzeland tour will be just on the horizon, even though the last tour to NewZealand shores was a success for Indian team they cannot take it lightly as the Kiwis are dominant in their home and this time around test leg is also to be a part of it. Indian team last won a test game in Nz soil way back in 2009/10 season almost a decade of no victory and with all 3 formats involved the competition is expected to be immense let’s hope Virat & co are prepared for the challenge & could set records straight.
As we speak about preparation for such a tough away tour, the selection of the squad & the combinations in it plays an equal role as preparation if not more. The playing 11 combination is more of how we could get a balance between batting & bowling on those conditions with back up players to keep the combination intact. Primarily the two factors involved will be in the selection of All-rounder & bowling attack mix. To get it right the selection of 15/16 member squad across format also must be exemplary.
The major questions will be,
- Will Hardik Pandya be fit for the tour? If not who would be in his place for limited-overs & in test games?
- Does T20 form pips KL Rahul as a backup opener for the test matches ahead of gill?
- Third spinner in Kuldeep or 5th pacer in Saini for the 2 test games?
Let’s look at the Predicted squad as the selection looms around the corner and squad is to be announced today anytime,
Predicted T20 Squad:
Rohit Sharma(VC), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(C), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant(wk), Sanju Samson(wk), Hardik Pandya/Shivam Dube(based on Hardik fitness reports), Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Shradul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
Predicted ODI Squad:
Rohit Sharma(VC), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(C), Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant(wk), Hardik Pandya/Shivam Dube(based on Hardik fitness reports), Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
Predicted Test Squad:
Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul/ Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(wk), Hardik Pandya/Vijay Shankar(based on Hardik fitness reports), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini/Kuldeep Yadav.