Kolkata: Rumour is high that India’s vice-captain Rohit Sharma may get some rest in the India vs West Indies T20 and ODI series.
The Indian team for the West Indies series will be announced on Thursday. The other grapevine goes that Shikhar Dhawan's poor form also may be discussed while the MSK Prasad selection committee picking the final squad.
Rohit need some well-deserved rest as he has played close to 60 matches this year without much break. The Indian team is scheduled to play three Twenty 20 Internationals against the West Indies with the series-opener in Mumbai on December 6 followed by matches in Thiruvananthapuram (December 8) and Hyderabad (December 11).
The three ODIs will be played in Chennai (December 15), Visakhapatnam (December 18) and Cuttack (December 22).
In the current calendar year, the limited-overs vice-captain has played 25 ODIs, 11 Twenty20 Internationals, which is three ODIs and four T20Is more than skipper Virat Kohli, who has been rested twice.
The other person may be figured in the discussion of the selection committee is Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan hasn't been in the best of forms recently. While he had scores of 41 (42 balls), 31 (27 balls) and 19 (16) in the three-match T20 series against Bangladesh, the Delhi left-hander's struggle was apparent.
Mayank Agarwal's stupendous form in Test cricket and a very good List A career average of 50-plus and an above 100 strike-rate makes him a good choice to partner KL Rahul in case the selectors think of looking at the third opener's option.
The same is the case with Rishabh Pant, who will compete with Sanju Samson this time. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has already started training and if Pant can't seal it during the upcoming series, he might face stiff competition from the 38-year-old legend.