The Test ahead
For the two injured bowlers, senior Ishant Sharma and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, a big hurdle lies ahead of them as they will undergo a fitness test this coming Saturday. This is for the selectors to be completely positive about the player’s conditions before they make their final call for the upcoming two-test series against West Indies starting this year from October 4th.
Shikhar Dhawan's poor technique in testing conditions along with the fitness status of Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin will come up for discussion when the selectors pick the Indian team for the two-Test series against the West Indies.https://t.co/vtiAytMkZQ pic.twitter.com/c6AYk5JJSC
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Currently, at the NCA (National Cricket Academy), Ashwin is undergoing rehabilitation for his groin injury. Ishant Sharma is expected to join him soon. On the 29th of September 2018, a fitness test has been scheduled for the duo. Unfortunately for them, if the trainers rule out the pair then the selectors may announce the final team a day earlier.
A meeting was scheduled between MSK Prasad and Devang Gandhi on Wednesday to discuss the list of players for the test series. A meeting was scheduled earlier but the five selectors were not available at the time as one(Sarandeep Singh) was in Dubai, two (Jatin Paranjpe and Gagan Khoda) were engaged with the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The challenge for the selectors
The aim of the selectors is to perfect a squad that will also remain the same when they will head off to Australia. The current favourite despite his lacklustre performance in England is Shikar Dhawan. Fans are looking forward to seeing if Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw will be added.
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the next question is if Ashwin is ruled out who will the team management committee pick as a spinner. Many believe the preferred choice is Yuzvendra Chahal. It is a known fact that Chahal isn’t ready for red-ball cricket. He still needs practice, this was also pointed out by India A coach Rahul Dravid.