There is plenty of limited-overs cricket to look forward to for the Indian cricket team with some high profile tournaments coming up shortly. These series in the build-up to the competitions are ideal to try out players like Rishi Dhawan, who have been outstanding in domestic cricket circuit. However, the selectors seemed to have been spoilt for choices and have gone for the conservative route when it comes to the team selection for the upcoming series against the Windies.
Except Deepak Hooda, who was a left-field selection for the series, the rest were pretty much the expected names. In this piece, we’re looking at five such players who can be tested in the future given their performances in domestic competitions previously.
RISHI DHAWAN (All-Rounder)
With Team India desperately looking for a bowling all-rounder in the limited-overs formats, Rishi Dhawan would have been a name that would have been discussed extensively in the selection meeting. Dhawan led his state team, Himachal Pradesh to the Vijay Hazare trophy, where he amassed 458 runs and picked up 17 wickets. He was the man in form but the selectors surprisingly went for Deepak Hooda to fill up the all-rounder spot. Dhawan is almost 32 and this could have been his last try for a regular India spot. But with a strong season in the Indian T20 League, you never know we might see him in Indian colours yet again.
SHIVAM MAVI (Fast Bowler)
With Prasidh Krishna and Shardul Thakur always erring on the side of leaking too many runs, the selectors could have taken a punt on Shivam Mavi who has done reasonably well in the domestic circuit. Mavi picked up 15 wickets in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with an impressive average, strike rate and economy rate. Mavi has decent pace and has shown his ability in death overs as well in the Indian T20 League. If not instantly, he would surely be given a chance to showcase his talent with the national side.
SANJU SAMSON (Wicketkeeper-Batter)
Sanju Samson has been in and around the Indian setup for some time now but has failed to fix a spot for himself. He is competing against two brilliant wicketkeeping-batters in Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan who are generational talents. When we talk about his sheer ability, Sanju is right up there with the very best in the world on his day but inconsistency is his biggest Achilles heel. The added responsibility of being a captain of an Indian T20 League side would help him take his career to the next level. He needs to make sure that the next time he is in Indian colours, he makes it count.
CHAMA MILIND (Fast Bowler)
The Indian team for some years now has been eagerly waiting for a left-arm pacer to come into the setup. It was T Natarajan at one point but the pacer from Tamil Nadu has suffered way too many injuries in the recent past. In the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Trophy, Chama Milind finished as the highest wicket-taker with 18 scalps to his name for his state team Hyderabad. He is 27 currently and time is running out for the left-arm pacer, and if given an opportunity, he should grab it with both hands.
SHAHRUKH KHAN (Batter)
Another Karnataka vs Tamil Nadu Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final, another last-ball thriller and this time it was Tamil Nadu’s lethal finisher Shahrukh Khan who took the trophy home for his state as he won the match with a last-ball six. After his heroics in the competition, one would have expected to see his name in the squad for the Windies series but it wasn’t to be. Shahrukh would be eyeing a massive contract coming his way in the mega auction of the Indian T20 League and post that would be hoping to impress the selection committee for a place in the T20 World Cup side.
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