Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya Emerge As Likely Contenders To Lead India On Sri Lanka Tour, Says Outline

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Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan and flamboyant allrounder- turned specialist batsman Hardik Pandya will be locked in a two-way fight for India captaincy whether Shreyas Iyer doesn’t get fit in time for the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka in July. India’s limited overs specialists will be playing three T20 Internationals and as many ODIs in the island nation all over the second one half of July, when big guns like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be in England for a marquee five-match Test series. “It is still not lucid whether Shreyas will get better fully and will be match-fit in time for tour of Sri Lanka. Most often, a surgery of this scale together with rest, extensive rehab and training to receive back in shape takes around four months,” a senior BCCI source privy to selection affairs told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

“In case Shreyas used to be to be had, he would have been the automatic choice for captaincy,” the senior BCCI source added.

It is just logical that the two contenders for captaincy are 35-year-old Dhawan, who has had good “one and half IPLs” in final two seasons and Pandya junior, who is likely one of the most accomplished match-winners.

“Shikhar has had two very good IPL including this curtailed one and being the senior most among those who are to be had for selection, he’s a very strong contender. Also he has been a solid performer for India for past eight years,” an official said.

So far as Hardik is concerned, his repute as a white-ball match-winner can’t be discounted either.

“Yes, Hardik hasn’t been ceaselessly bowling for MI or India lately. Then again, he’s the man with x-factor and among options to be had,” the official added.

“He’s miles ahead of his peers relating to being an affect performer. And who knows, could also be additional responsibility brings the most productive out of him,” the official said.

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Pandya used to be included in the four-Test series at home against England in order that his bowling workload is increased keeping the England tour in brain but it is learnt that the Baroda man is unlikely to bowl more than an unusual over or two in the shortest format or ODI in close future.

“Hardik, after his back surgery to cure stress fracture, isn’t the same bowler anymore. He used to be a fast medium bowler before injury but to bowl at a brisk 135 kmph plus pace consistently, it could affect his back. So he’s focussing more on his match finishing skills,” a person in the realize of things said.

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