Zaheer may return for West Indies Tests

Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be retained while Amit Mishra is likely to get the nod as the third spinner.

Zaheer Khan is in line for a comeback. (IANS)


New Delhi: The national selectors headed by Sandeep Patil meet in Mumbai on Thursday to pick the Indian squad for the two-Test series against the West Indies next month.

India’s last Test assignment was back in February-March, when they had whitewashed Australia 4-0 at home.

Opener Murali Vijay, who had been in sublime form against the Aussies, has lost touch and in his last outing, against Services in the Capital this week, scored just four and 14. Even so, he is likely to retain his place while Shikhar Dhawan will return to the squad after having missed out the fourth Test in Delhi due to injury.

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Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli make up the rest of the middle-order, but it remains to be seen who takes the No. 6 spot. Whether M.S. Dhoni chooses to bat in the key spot himself with Ravindra Jadeja at number seven or whether the selectors pick another specialist batsman is the main question.

The situation is even murkier in the bowling department, where bowlers are suffering from an acute confidence crisis due to the mauling they have received in the current one-day series against Australia. In this scenario, it is expected that Zaheer Khan will be recalled, while Umesh Yadav could also come in. Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be retained while Amit Mishra is likely to get the nod as the third spinner, behind R. Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.


Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.

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