Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja are set to return to the limited-overs squad for India’s tour of Australia in January, where the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side will play five One-Day Internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 Internationals (T20I). The selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India is set to name the squads in New Delhi on Saturday (December 19).
Shami, who bagged 17 wickets for India in the World Cup 2015 and was the joint-highest wicket-taker in 2014 – with Ajantha Mendis – suffered a knee injury after the 50-over showpiece event and had to undergo surgery. A long period of rehabilitation followed but the right-arm pacer has returned to action for Bengal in the Vijay Hazare trophy. Shami bagged only three wickets in 18 overs across two of Bengal’s fixtures in the tournament but his return could stabilise India’s dwindling pace attack in coloured kits.
As for Ravindra Jadeja, his recent commendable exploits in the Ranji trophy, followed by notable performances in Tests against South Africa could earn him back his spot. Jadeja was dropped for ODI series in Zimbabwe and the home games against South Africa but Dhoni would perhaps be glad to welcome one of his go-to men back into the side, mainly for his prowess as a utility player.