March 25, 2023

Fit-again Rohit Sharma set to lead against West Indies | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The national selectors will announce the squads for the One-day and T20 teams that will play the upcoming series against the West Indies over the next 24 to 48 hours.
With a new white-ball captain at the helm, and a relatively new coach in Rahul Dravid to help him chart the way forward, the West Indies series gives selectors a timely opportunity to begin afresh. Rohit Sharma is back to full fitness and will be available for both T20s and ODIs.

There are two World Cups to plan for between this year and the next. Indian players will play close to 18 T20 Internationals and the IPL before flying to Australia to play the T20 World Cup and that gives the selectors ample opportunities to formulate their T20 combinations.
Relatively speaking, the number of One-dayers are lesser, and most of the action in the 50-over format has been reserved for the window starting after the T20 World Cup. That allows the captain, coach, and the selectors a slightly bigger cushion to start planning for the 2023 World Cup that will be played at home.


“There’s time on hand (for ODIs). There’s a good pool of players to pick from. The captain is one of the leading white ball cricketers and a known tactician. The coach is as big a name as it gets in this country. There’s no reason why India can’t execute this to the best of their ability,” say BCCI members. It is difficult to say what Sharma, Dravid or the selectors might have on their minds right now. In the One-dayers, for example, does KL Rahul fit in as an opening batsman, or should he move to the middle-order, or warm the bench?
Should Rishabh Pant move up the order, and the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav be persisted with? Should the selectors bring Prithvi Shaw back into the side once again? Will Shikhar Dhawan remain in their 2023 plans? How to keep rotating the likes of Ishan Kishan, Venkatesh Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Deepak Chahar?
In T20s, the ‘headache’ gets slightly bigger. The format happens to be such a whimsical one – with so much of it played across the year – that the term ‘problem of plenty’ keeps getting underlined far too often.

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