India ODI team: Prithvi Shaw or Shubman Gill; Ravindra Jadeja or Axar Patel; “divided” National Selectors wait till Vijay Hazare final- As the Indian team for the 3 ODIs against England is announced on Sunday, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill’s names were “discussed and debated” while there was no unanimity over which all-rounder — Ravindra Jadeja or Axar Patel — should be included in the final list when the selection committee met & discussed possible names on Saturday and decided to wait till the completion of final of Vijay Hazare Tournament.
“The names were more or less decided on Saturday and will be declared today after Vijay Hazare final. Selectors are watching the final in Delhi today as we speak. In fact, there was no unanimity on the final list. One of the selectors wanted Prithvi Shaw back into the team in place of Shubman Gill. The selector contended that Prithvi is in top form after scoring 4 centuries in Vijay Hazare, others contended that his 200 against Pondicherry should not be taken seriously and Shubman Gill was still in the ‘scheme of things’ in ODI and should be ‘persisted with’ despite his ordinary form. So it was decided to see Sunday’s final based on which the final team will be selected,” a top BCCI source told InsideSport.co on condition of anonymity.
All eyes are on Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal who are in blistering form leading the most runs list in the Vijay Hazare tournament while Prithvi has scores four centuries Padikkal has scored three.
“There was also debate whether Ravindra Jadeja should be included or not. He has not played any domestic cricket after his thumb injury while Axar Patel is in top form and one just can’t ignore him. He looks to be good in every format of the game. There were other names who were also discussed. But there was no unanimity on a few names,” the source said.
Devdutt Padikkal is unlikely to be picked as the selectors felt it was too early and f should be given one more season but selectors are keeping a last-minute eye on Prithvi’s performance in Vijay Hazare final before coming up with their list.