Team selection: Yuvraj under scanner, Pandey set for comeback
Talented Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey is expected to make a comeback into the Indian limited overs squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka, which could well be veteran Yuvraj Singh's last chance to revive his floundering international career.
It will also be interesting to note the selector's stand on Ajinkya Rahane.
With skipper Virat Kohli making it clear that he does not want rest, the batting group is expected to remain intact, but not without some selection conundrums.
Shikhar Dhawan was the highest run-getter in the Champions Trophy while K L Rahul is considered to be the man for all formats with centuries in each one of them. Rohit Sharma is a certainty to again wear the blue jersey, but it's still not known whether the selectors would rest Rahul despite being fully fit and in form.
Similarly, Rahane was the Man of the Series in West Indies, and Dinesh Karthik fared decently in the limited chances that he got, but both may still get the axe if the selectors decide to persist with Yuvraj.
Rahane and Karthik made it to the side as Rohit, Manish and Rahul -- the first-team choices -- were out.
While Yuvraj's place in the side has been questioned by many for the longest time now, he has the backing of skipper Kohli despite a lean run with the bat and below-par fielding.
In his last seven ODI appearances, Yuvraj has managed only 162 runs and was given bowling only once. His sloppy movement in the field has also been a problem.
Pandey was originally a part of the Champions Trophy squad but had to take a break due to an injury sustained during the IPL.
He made an impressive comeback, leading India A to a tri- series triumph in South Africa, with 307 runs. He was out only once in five matches.