IND vs SA 2021 ODI Series: The BCCI has postponed the selection committee meeting for the ODIs to be held in South Africa till the end of this week. The decision was taken in view of the unclear picture of India’s white ball captain Rohit Sharma’s hamstring injury status. Selectors will now meet either on December 30 or 31st to select the ODI team for their South Africa tour.
“The team selection meeting will happen after the first Test. It could be on December 30 or 31st but the BCCI is yet to take a final call. Rohit is pulling all stops to get fit but hamstring injuries are a bit different from other injuries,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Though Rohit Sharma has been doing his rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), it could still take some time for the Indian captain to regain full fitness. Earlier the selection meeting was scheduled to be held just after the conclusion of Vijay Hazare Trophy but it has been postponed inly to ensure that Rohit Sharma gets fit to be available for selection.
In case Rohit is not fit in time for the ODIs, KL Rahul will be leading India for the first time in a bilateral series.
“It could well happen that Rohit is not fit by the time of selection cut-off but then with the first ODI still three weeks away, he could get enough time to be with the team and regain full fitness closer to the date.
“In that case, he can be selected subject to fitness. These are things that chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma needs to check,” the official said.
While the unavilability of Jadeja & Axar Patel has opened door for R Ashwin to feature in the ODI series & make a comebacvk to ODI format almost after 4 years.
“It has been learnt that Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel are unavailable for selection. About Rohit, a call will be taken closer to the selection date,” a senior BCCI official was quoted by PTI.
IND vs SA 2021 ODI Series: Players who could make a cut to the ODI squad:
Venkatesh Iyer & Ruturaj Gaikwad are the two players who could feature in the ODI squad on the basis of their performance in Vijay Hazare Trophy. Himachal’s fame- Rishi Dhawan will give a tough competition to Venkatesh Iyer. Uncapped player Shahrukh Khan who has impressed everyone with his stellar performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, might be considered for the ODI team. Selectors might consider Shikhar Dhawan for the ODI team despite his poor performance in the domestic tournaments.