Rishabh Pant could have competition in the form of Sanju Samson while Shivam Dube could be included in place of injured Hardik Pandya when the Indian selectors meet to choose the Indian squad for the upcoming T20I series at home to Bangladesh on Thursday.
The three-match T20 series between India and Bangladesh kicks off in New Delhi on November 3, followed by matches in Rajkot and Nagpur. Bangladesh will then also play two Tests as part of the World Championship in Indore and Kolkata.
India captain Virat Kohli is expected to be named despite concerns over his workload. Kohli has played in 48 of the 56 games India has played in various formats since October 2018.
Samson, who recently hit a double hundred for Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, is expected to come in but only as a second option to Pant for now.
“It doesn’t hurt if both Rishabh and Sanju are on the team. They have also played together in IPL. Rishabh has had limited success in shorter formats, but he is a long-term investment and we must continue with him,” a BCCI official told PTI.
“Everyone agrees that Shivam’s bowling is still not the international standard and nowhere near the pace and variety that Hardik possesses. But he’s a southpaw, which is an advantage and can make big sixes. Even Kohli has seen him in IPL a bit when he played for RCB,” the official went on to say.
KL Rahul, who delivered a match-winning performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy semi-final for Karnataka on Wednesday, is expected to retain his place. Shikhar Dhawan could also be continued – with Mayank Agarwal poised to give him competition.
It is unlikely that the wrist spinning duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will get a look as Rahul Chahar and Washington Sundar get another chance. Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini and Khaleel Ahmed are expected to be the three front runners.
(with PTI inputs)