Mohit likely to retain place, Yuvraj a chance

(Cricinfo) Mohit Sharma who bagged the Man-of-the-Match award on his ODI debut during India’s tour of Zimbabwe, is likely to keep his place in the squad for the first half of India’s limited-overs series at home against Australia, which starts with the lone Twenty20 international in Rajkot on October 10. Yuvraj Singhhas done enough upon his return to be on the selectors’ radar.

The national selection panel, which was retained during yesterday’s BCCI annual general meeting, will meet in Chennai today to pick the squad for the T20I and first three of the seven ODIs to be played against Australia.

Mohit, the medium-pacer from Haryana who followed up an excellent Ranji Trophy season with Haryana with an impressive IPL season for Chennai Super Kings, has a reputation for striking early in the innings. It is this ability, combined with his work ethic, that has impressed coach Duncan Fletcher. The selectors are of the view he is ready for the highest level.

If Mohit is rewarded with a place, he is likely to replace Vinay Kumar from the triumphant Champions Trophy squad. Besides Mohit, the most discussed player will be Yuvraj, who led India Blue to the Challenger Series title yesterday.

Yuvraj made his return to international cricket last September after recovering from a rare germ cell cancer. He subsequently lost his place in the side after some middling performances. He is now back after a a prolonged fitness stint in France with renowned trainer Tim Exeter.

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