Mukesh has Edge Over Prasidh

Indian cricket selectors ponder over team composition for South Africa tour

As the Indian cricket team prepares for their upcoming tour of South Africa, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and national selectors are set to discuss the future of Rohit Sharma in white-ball cricket. With the T20 World Cup on the horizon, the selectors are keen for Sharma to continue his career in the format. Meanwhile, concerns over Hardik Pandya’s recurring injuries have prompted the selectors to seek stability in leadership. As the team composition takes shape, there are also discussions surrounding the inclusion of young pacers Mukesh Kumar and Prasidh Krishna, as well as the role of wicket-keepers KL Rahul and KS Bharat.

Rohit Sharma’s T20I Future

After a year-long absence from T20Is, Rohit Sharma is due to have a conversation with the BCCI and national selectors regarding his white-ball future. While Sharma had previously expressed contentment with not being picked for T20Is, the selectors are hopeful that he will continue his career in the format. With the T20 World Cup approaching in June 2023, the team management seeks stability in leadership, considering the regular injury setbacks faced by all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

Hardik Pandya’s Injury Concerns

Hardik Pandya’s recurring injuries have become a cause for concern for the selectors and team management. With the T20 World Cup on the horizon, the selectors are looking for a stable captaincy option. Pandya’s recovery from an ankle injury sustained during the recent World Cup is taking longer than expected. It is likely that he will only be fit in time for the Indian Premier League (IPL), which means if he remains the T20I captain, he will lead India directly in the T20 World Cup.

Moving on from Senior Players

After India’s exit in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup in 2022, the team management decided to move on from senior players such as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, R Ashwin, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in T20Is. Sharma had accepted this decision, while Kohli has taken an indefinite break from white-ball international cricket. With the focus now on the T20 World Cup, the selectors face the decision of whether to include senior pacers for the white-ball leg of the South Africa tour.

The Battle for the Fifth Pacer’s Spot

One of the key discussions among the selectors revolves around the selection of the fifth pacer for the Test team. Prasidh Krishna, who was initially identified as a replacement for Ishant Sharma, has had limited opportunities to solidify his place in the Test squad due to injury. On the other hand, Mukesh Kumar’s evolution as a pacer has been impressive, which may give him an edge in the selection process.

The Second Wicket-Keeping Option

The selectors will also deliberate on the second wicket-keeping option for the tour. The question arises whether KL Rahul, who has been in good form, can be considered as a backup wicket-keeper after Ishan Kishan, or if KS Bharat will be given another opportunity to prove himself.


As the Indian cricket team gears up for their tour of South Africa, the selectors and team management face crucial decisions regarding the team composition. Discussions surrounding Rohit Sharma’s white-ball future, Hardik Pandya’s injury concerns, and the inclusion of senior pacers will shape the team’s strategy for the T20 World Cup. Additionally, the battle between Mukesh Kumar and Prasidh Krishna for the fifth pacer’s spot adds further intrigue to the selection process. The tour of South Africa may also see the selectors moving on from senior players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, indicating a shift towards a younger generation of cricketers.






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