After losing the Test series in South Africa, India is scheduled to play a home Test series against Sri Lanka. If reports are to be believed, the selectors are keen to drop four experienced Test campaigners from the upcoming Test series, namely Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, and Wriddhiman Saha.
MadoverCricket had recently reported about the exclusion of the FAB four for the Sri Lanka Test series. Most of whom were not to get a further call-up to the Indian Test team.
As per a report in InsideSport, the selectors have informed all four players individually that they won’t be considered in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. Also, it has been learned that Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane still have a chance to make their comeback in the Test team, however, for the other two players, this is, perhaps, the end of the road for them.
“Selectors want to try some new faces. Yes, they have been informed individually by the selectors themselves. Decision have been taken after consulting with Coach Rahul Dravid and other senior members of team management”, InsideSport quoted a top BCCI official.
Selectors are of the view that Ishant Sharma and Wriddhiman Saha have passed their prime and the team is unlikely to continue with their services in the longest format of the game.
“Selectors feel Ishant & Saha both have passed their prime. Age is also not on their side. They have been great servants of Indian cricket but now is the time to move on”, further added the BCCI official.
Also, the selectors have given Bhuvneshwar Kumar has given one last chance amidst the ongoing T20 series against West Indies. After enduring forgettable performances in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, T20 series against New Zealand, and in South Africa, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been given one last chance to prevent himself from getting dropped.
“Definitely, he is on his last leg. He is not the same player since IPL. He has a bad South Africa tour. The team management is ready to give youngsters a chance and so do we. When Shami comes back, it will be even more difficult. The three T20s or let’s say the first two matches will be make-or-break for him. Otherwise, he may have to sit out like Ajinkya and Cheteshwar,” one of the selectors told InsideSport.
Bhuvneshwar took 1/31 in his spell during the 1st T20I which India comfortably won by 6 wickets. He dismissed WI opener Brandon King (4 runs) cheaply and helped India restrict the visitors to 157/7 in 20 overs.
It will be difficult for Rohit Sharma as skipper to take a call on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s inclusion in the team once Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will return to the T20I squad.