NEW DELHI: IPL`s million-dollar baby Ravindra Jadeja may find it tough to retain his place in India`s ODI team. Struggling with both bat and ball in last few tournaments, Jadeja may have to sit out of the Indian squad that will tour Sri Lanka for ODI and T20 series. The team will be picked by the selection committee on July 4.
Sources say skipper MS Dhoni is in favour of Jadeja`s presence in the squad. The team does lack a quality allrounder presently, a fact which may go in favour of the Chennai Super Kings player. However, selectors feel India can do with part-timers spinners like Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma instead.
Harbhajan Singh, dropped from the team last year due to poor form, is back in the reckoning and could fill the third spinner`s slot. Rahul Sharma too is in the reckoning. The batting lineup, however, looks good with Virender Sehwag set to make a comeback.
The squad is expected to comprise of eight batsmen though the availability of Sachin Tendulkar has not been confirmed. Ajinkya Rahane, in that case, is likely to get the nod. Of the seven bowlers, four will be pacers, with Ashok Dinda being a sure shot while Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Zaheer Khan are some of the other options.
The spin department will revolve around Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha.
BDST: 1857 HRS, June 29, 2012
Chanchal Ghosh, Newsroom Editor
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