Bangalore: Seasoned opener Shikhar Dhawan will like to prove his fitness while an out-of-favour Ravindra Jadeja would like to keep the national selectors interested as India ‘A’ take on Bangladesh ‘A’ in a three-day match with the big series against South Africa starting in less than week’s time.
Dhawan, who was in blazing form hitting back-to-back Test hundreds against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, fractured his hand during the Galle Test match and was forced to sit out from the remainder of the series.
Having steadily recuperated from injury and going through paces at the National Cricket Academy, the match against Bangladesh ‘A’ gives Dhawan, an ideal opportunity to test his fitness in match situation as he leads India ‘A’ against the visitors.
More than a big score, the emphasis for Dhawan will be about spending quality time out there in the middle to check out if there is any discomfort while batting.
For Ravindra Jadeja, once an indispensable part of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ODI set-up, it will be a big test as he has now been dumped by selectors across all formats.
That he has not been picked for either of T20s and first three ODIs speaks volumes about the fact that selectors have sent him a stern message that he needs to improve his game before being considered for senior team selection all over again.