The Indian selectors will meet on Sunday to pick the squad for the five ODIs and solitary T20 in Sri Lanka. Virat Kohli and Co. have already won the three Test match series by winning the first two matches. The third Test will start from Saturday and India will be hoping to whitewash the hosts.
Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad is currently in Kandy to analyse the performances of the players while another selector Devang Gandhi is in South Africa with the India A team. According to reports, selectors will make the final call on the ODI and T20I squad via conference call.
If reports are to be believed, then there will be quiet number of changes in the Indian squad. Likes of Virat Kohli, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are likely to get well deserved break. Since the time the Indian team left for the Caribbean in July 2016 for a four-Test series, India have played 43 international matches across all formats and Kohli has appeared in 42 of them.
If Kohli is rested, India will have to find a new captain and Ajinkya Rahane, who has led India before in three ODIs, will be a natural choice being the vice-captain of the team. But giving the uncertainity of him in the ODIs – name of Rohit Sharma is doing the rounds keeping his Indian Premier League record in mind.
The team management and national selectors may also rest Ashwin and Jadeja from the limited overs matches which are starting from August 20. The likes Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Krunal Pandya could all be in contention for the limited over series.
Team India faces a hectic schedule in the season ahead which finds them playing a plethora of limited-overs matches against Australia and New Zealand, with Sri Lanka lined up for a full return tour towards the end of the year.
In the New Year, the team will fly to South Africa and then play Independence Cup in Sri Lanka, before the 2018 IPL gets underway.
(With inputs from PTI)