The Asia Cup fever is over and Mendis’s fear is the key. The focus has shifted from Karachi to Colombo. The Indian team, like a wounded tiger is licking its wounds and getting ready to go to the island of Lanka eager to take revenge. But, Dhoni the aggressor and, Dhoni the keeper is contemplating.
He is contemplating whether he should play real cricket or XBOX cricket? For real cricket he thinks he is pretty much exhausted and for XBOX cricket he has partners in Bollywood and one of them is his latest love with Shaheer Khan.
Just before the BCCI selectors are ready to pick India’s Test squad for the tour of Sri Lanka, the talk of the town is about the participation of Dhoni. Reportedly, Dhoni may not join the team for the Sri Lanka series and, while his own public statements have not cleared the air either way, the BCCI is not aware of any such decision from Dhoni. During the recent Asia Cup in Pakistan recently, Dhoni talked about fatigue as a result of back to back matches, the weather and also about too much cricket since the CB series in Australia followed by the 57 matches in the IPL in which Dhoni played till the end.
If Dhoni decides to stay back and play XBOC cricket, Dinesh Karthik will be wearing the gloves. Karthik may not be the ideal replacement for Dhoni because of Dhoni’s batting but, there is no one else, Prithiv Patel is not as good as Karthik. Its not the keeping behind the stumps thats a worry for Indian selectors at the moment. Its the bowling department especially the express bowlers.
Irfan Pathan and RP Singh are going through a bad patch. Sreesanth is definitely not fit and advised rest for another few weeks. Zaheer Khan’s fitness is also doubtful, if he gets in Irfan Pathan is likely to go out. Munaf Patel is a short race pony and he has his own problems. Ishant Sharma is the only bowler who is not only fit but he is the only one who took a few wickets in Australia. After his poor show in the IPL and Tri-Series he showed some sort of brilliance in the Asia Cup final. So, the fast bowling department is left for mediocre bowlers like Praveen Kumar and may be Joginder Sharma?
If India chooses 16 member squad, two spinners are likely to be in and they are the same old horses i.e. Kumble and Hajbhajan Singh. Will they include Ohja? Perhaps Chawla? Its hard to see either of them will get in. Because, India wants to fill in the playing XI with Gambhir, Jaffar, Tendulkar, Sehwag and Karthik because he is in place of Dhoni. The question is whether Raina or Yuvraj will get a chance in the test squad? I have my doubts. But, there is also no mention of Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman either.
So, the five batsmen highlighted above are definitely in the playing XI. The two spinners Kumble and Harbhajan and Ishant Sharma, that means 8 are definitely in. Who are the 3 others? There has to be 2 fast bowlers and one batsman. Its for you to decide now whom you want to chose. Because, in the next few hours from now India will announce the 16 member test squad for Sri Lanka.