India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

Team India arrived in Bangladesh on Thursday for the three-match One-Day International (ODI) and two-match Test series. The first match of the three ODIs will be played in Dhaka on December 4. The ODI series will be followed by the first test at Chattogram on December 14, and the tour will conclude with the second test at Mirpur on December 22.

The split teams have something to do with these dilemmas; too many options for a single position is always a source of concern, and former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer has a unique perspective.

The Indian team picked two wicketkeepers, Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant, but benched the latter for the majority of the tournament. Deepak Hooda and Umran Malik were previously fast-tracked into the India team following a successful IPL 2022 season.

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Shakib Al Hasan and Virat Kohli
Shakib Al Hasan and Virat Kohli (Image Credits: Twitter)

Let Them Perform Consistently For 2-3 Seasons – Wasim Jaffer

Wasim Jaffer argued that the selectors don’t need to pick everyone who has played brilliantly in the recent IPL season. However, Jaffer believes that these players should first prove themselves in domestic cricket for multiple seasons before being considered fit to represent the national team.

Wasim Jaffer on Rishabh Pant
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The former Indian opener took to Twitter to share his opinion. He tweeted, “Selectors don’t need to pick whoever does well in their 1st IPL season. Let them perform consistently for 2-3 seasons in FC too. Let them be fully ready. That’s a reason we confuse ourselves with selection dilemma. Ind cap shouldn’t be given easily & quickly. It should be earned.”

Rajat Patidar, Rahul Tripathi, and Kuldeep Sen are the three uncapped players in the squad travelling to Bangladesh for the upcoming ODI series. The trio performed well in the IPL 2022 season, but more importantly, they have consistently performed well in domestic cricket.

Patidar was instrumental in Madhya Pradesh’s maiden Ranji Trophy victory and proved in the IPL that he had the counter-attacking game to take down the opponents. Tripathi has been a stalwart for Maharashtra in recent years and could be fast-tracked into the playing XI. Sen has impressed everyone with his quick pace and might be pushed into the playing XI like fellow speedster Umran Malik.

India squad for Bangladesh ODIs

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ishan Kishan (WK), Shahbaz Ahmed, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Sen.

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