G. Viswanath

Mumbai: The IPL matches have come in handy for the national selectors to assess the performance of the players, the seam bowlers in particular.

On Friday the committee will pick a 15-member Indian team for the ICC World Twenty20 to be played in April-May.

While the batsmen, all-rounders and spinners are expected to be a straightforward selection from the 30 probables announced in February, the selection committee headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth may find only a handful of seam bowlers to pick from.

The selectors can pick the 15 only from the 30 probables submitted to the ICC. Only in the event of an injury to a player in the list of 30, will the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) be allowed a substitute.

Certainties

Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar, easily the best seen in action in the IPL so far, are certainties.

Clearly they would not have been impressed by the showing of Ishant Sharma, S. Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh, Sudip Tyagi and Munaf Patel.

Should Ashish Nehra turn out for Delhi Daredevils in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, he may be picked as a third seamer.

The selectors will have to consider the fitness report of the left-arm seamer.

In the circumstances Karnataka seamer R. Vinay Kumar, who has been consistent in all forms of the game this season, stands a bright chance of getting the nod from the selectors.

The selectors may have realised that the time has come for them to recognise a diligent cricketer who has plenty of wickets to show for this season.

Yusuf Pathan and Ravindra Jadeja most probably will take the two all-rounder's slot and Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha, the spin department positions.

Other spinners to look at are leg-spinners Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla.

The seven batsmen are likely to be Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik (as second wicketkeeper also) and two among the four in Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey.

Raina has to be a sure shot selection and Kohli too is likely to make the squad.

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