SA series: Selectors give young Gurkeerat Singh break, but surprise by picking Sreenath Aravind

first_imgWith the series against South Africa set to start on October 2, the national selectors, led by Sandeep Patil, met in Bengaluru on Sunday to pick the Indian squads for the three T20Is and first three ODIs. While most of the players selected where on expected lines, they did spring two surprises – by picking Gurkeerat Singh for the ODIs and Sreenath Aravind for the T20Is.While the selectors showed vision by giving all-rounder Gurkeerat the nod, they did manage to astonish with their decision to include Karnataka pacer Aravind for the shortest format. Aravind has done little to deserve an India call-up.Gurkeerat had an impressive outing for India ‘A’ in the just-concluded series against Bangladesh ‘A’. He scored 65 and took five for 29 in the first game of the threematch series. In fact, Gurkeerat has also performed consistently in the domestic circuit for Punjab.Aravind, on the other hand, picked eight wickets in five matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore, but failed to get even one in the Karnataka Premier League.Interestingly, the selectors also decided to look beyond Ravindra Jadeja – who has featured prominently in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s scheme of things in the last few years.The decision to drop the lefthanded all-rounder was long overdue as he had not done much to deserve a regular place in the Indian team for a long time.Along with Dhawal Kulkarni – replaced by Amit Mishra – Jadeja is the only player dropped from the team that lost to Bangladesh in the ODI series.advertisementThe selectors also decided to give Harbhajan Singh an opportunity in the shortest format and with the World T20 round the corner, the move does make sense as the veteran off-spinner is still one of the best in the business when it comes to economy in the slambang format of the game.Seniors like Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Mohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were automatic choices.last_img read more