While flamboyant left-hander Yuvraj Singh has found hope in the form of a call for the ODI series against Australia at home, Delhi-duo Virender Sehwag & Gautam Gambhir have failed to make the cut for the all important series. The series will commence on October 10th. The team was announced on Monday for the T20I & the first three off the seven ODIs to be held during the tour. While Sehwag failed to impress the selectors, Gautam Gambhir’s stint with Essex didn’t bore much success either. Both batsmen lost touch after the 2011 World Cup & are yet to recover from the slump. Yuvraj on the other hand, has struggled for form too but has visibly worked hard on both his fitness & mental strength. Recovering from cancer, Yuvi did manage to find a spot against England in January, but since then could not pick up his performances.
Yuvi’s performances during the home series against West Indies ‘A’, where he managed to get a ton, showed him in his original element, dominating & attacking the bowling. That must have been a major trigger for the selectors to send him a call. Apart from the good batting performances, Yuvi’s role as captain & his attitude in the field also seem to be suggesting that he is back to his best.
All though Yuvraj’s comeback would have excited many, it came at the expense of Dinesh Karthik, whose bat hadn’t been able to create anything special since the Champions Trophy, which India won in England earlier this year. Apart from Yuvi, Jaidev Unadkat & Shami Ahemad have also been retained on the basis of their decent performances in Zimbabwe. Surprisingly though, Umesh Yadav has been left out over R Vinay Kumar. Injury might be the reason. Any Australian team, whether or not depleted, is a dangerous opposition in any conditions. For many in the selected squad, it will be a struggle to keep their spot for bigger upcoming showdowns.
Indian Squad for the Australia home series: Dhoni (c), Dhawan, Sharma, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra, Rayudu, Shami Ahemad, Unadkat