September 29, 2022

Indian tour of Zimbabwe: A preview of the Indian team selection

After the success of the West Indies tour, Indian cricket fans are now eagerly awaiting the Zimbabwe Indian tour. The Men in Blue will face the Chevrons in a three-game ODI series before traveling to the United Arab Emirates for the 2022 Asian Cup. India are on the back of their recent ODI triumphs against England and the West Indies and will be eager to replicate their form against Zimbabwe, who enter the series after defeating Bangladesh in the T20I and ODI series.

Let’s take a look at the Indian squad selected to travel to Zimbabwe for this exciting ODI series.

KL Rahul returns as captain

Shikhar Dhawan was supposed to lead India again in the Zimbabwe Tour of India after a successful stint against West Indies in the ODI series but now KL Rahul has been given a nod from the BCCI Medical Board. He returns to lead the team after a long injury break, and Dhawan will become his assistant.

Much is expected of KL Rahul as his form will be crucial for India‘s chances at the upcoming T20 World Cup. Even Dhawan seems to have a pretty good command of the dressing room, and against the West Indies he got back to his solid form as well. With Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli absent from the locker room, the relationship between these two characters becomes crucial in the series.

Young given the green light

India’s selection committee has selected a fairly young squad for the Indian Tour of Zimbabwe. Ruturaj Gaikwad returns to the team along with Shubman Gill and Ishan Kishan. Three very capable hitters for India who have proven to be reliable will play against the Chevrons. Perhaps the rest of seniors like Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya works in their favor as they prepare to make the most of this chance.

Washington Sundar returns to international duty after nearly six months as he joins Avesh Khan in the bowling department. Sundar has been out for some time and this upcoming ODI series will be a good opportunity for the 22-year-old spinner to test himself again at international level. Avesh struggled to pull off wickets late after a rather dismal performance against West Indies in the recently concluded T20I series. It’s only a matter of time before he sees an improvement in his game as he prepares for the Zimbabwe tour.

Kuldeep Yadav returns from injury

Kuldeep Yadav finally returned to cricket after a long overdue injury against West Indies, where he picked up three wickets. He was named in the traveling squad for the Zimbabwe tour. Kuldeep is one of India’s most prolific spinners and can be crucial in the T20 World Cup if he keeps up his form in Zimbabwe’s next round. It will be exciting to see him as the oldest spinner on the team.

Wicketkeeper’s dilemma

Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson are two of India’s most impressive wicket keepers. However, most of the time they fall short of India’s leading keeper Rishabh Pant. With Pant rested for the Zimbabwe tour with Dinesh Karthik, it gives Ishan and Samson a perfect opportunity to show just how reliable they can be. We are aware of Ishan’s batting prowess at the age of 22. However, Samson has experience under his belt, with success in the domestic leagues to show off.

As both players travel to Zimbabwe, Samson is likely to be the elected wicketkeeper with Ishan on the pitch. Many fans and pundits have been in favor of Samson having more chances lately. It’s a glorious chance for both players to prove their worth and reliability.

Zimbabwe’s form so far

Zimbabwe are in fine form after their success in the T20 World Cup qualifiers. The Chevrons emerged victorious against the visitors by winning the T20I series 2-1. The following ODI series saw the hosts dominate once again as they won the opening two games to clinch the series.

Zimbabwe are looking to regain their best form by picking their opponents one by one. They host India on August 18 as both teams prepare for the three-game ODI series.



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