3 ODI series will be played between India and Bangladesh from December 4
ODI series against Bangladesh will be important for two players
New Delhi. After losing the ODI series in New Zealand, Team India has now reached Bangladesh. Here a 3 ODI series is to be played between the two countries. Its first match is on 4 December. Through this series, Team India will start preparations for the ODI World Cup to be held in India next year. Rohit Sharma has returned as captain. At the same time, the other two senior players Virat Kohli, KL Rahul have also returned to the team. However, team selection is still under question. Because out of the 14 players who were selected for New Zealand, 8 are not in the team for the ODI series against Bangladesh.
This includes players like Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav and Sanju Samson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav. Now what is the basis for the exclusion of these 8 players? The answer to this question may be with the BCCI or the team management only.
Well, talk about that some other time. Today we talk about those two players for whom Bangladesh tour is important. Now the time has come that the team should judge him not according to his stature or past performance, but according to the recent game and the need of the team. The names of these two players are Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant. The ODI series against Bangladesh will be important for both these players. If he fails to perform according to his stature in this series, then the time has come for the Indian team management to look beyond him. Because players are ready to replace Dhawan and Pant.
In such a situation, the decision to give them repeated chances only on the basis of past performance and being a senior, will be disappointing for those players who are performing consistently. Still, his place in the team is only as a backup player.
X factor is not visible in Pant
Rishabh Pant has not been able to perform anything special in the limited over format for the last 1 year. Even though he is considered as X Factor player. But, in the last 12 months, hardly anyone has seen his innings of this status in T20 and ODIs. There is no doubt that Pant is a talented player and his fearless batting matches perfectly with the way cricket is being played today. But, he has failed to replicate the Test performance in ODIs, T20s so far.
Samson and Ishaan prepared as substitutes
Pant has scored 336 runs in 10 innings of ODIs in 2022 at an average of 37.33. He has also scored 1 century and two half-centuries. In the same period, Sanju Samson and Ishaan Kishan, who are among the biggest contenders to replace him, are not far behind Pant. Sanju has scored 284 runs in 9 ODIs in 2022 at an average of 71. At the same time, Ishaan has scored 207 runs in 6 innings. Both of them have scored two half-centuries equal to Pant. On the other hand, if we look at T20, so far in 2022, Pant has scored 364 runs in 21 innings at a strike rate of 132.8. A half-century came out of his bat.
Meanwhile, Ishaan Kishan has scored 476 runs in 16 innings at a strike rate of 127. Kishan has scored 3 half-centuries. Samson has only got a chance to play 6 T20s this year. In this, he has scored 179 runs at a strike rate of 158. That is, in both ODI and T20 formats, India has two players to look ahead to Pant.
Time to look beyond Dhawan
Even though Dhawan is the highest run scorer for India in ODIs this year. He has scored 670 runs in 19 matches. But, his strike rate is troublesome. He plays in the top order. In such a situation, slow strike rate can increase the trouble of the team. Shikhar is a veteran player and his opening pair with Rohit has been a hit. But, in recent times he has failed to prove his worth. At least one top-order batsman has failed to provide the kind of start expected.
As the third opener, Shubman Gill is now a clear contender. His recent record is also excellent. Gill has so far scored 638 runs in 12 innings in ODIs in 2022 at an average of 70 and a strike rate of 102. He has scored 1 century and 4 fifties. In such a situation, if Dhawan’s bat does not work on the Bangladesh tour, then the team management should not hesitate to take a tough decision. Because there is less than 11 months left in the World Cup. In such a situation, every player should get enough chances to settle.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 02, 2022, 09:29 IST