Mumbai: Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has made it clear that Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina can still make a comeback to the Indian team. While Raina last played an ODI in October 2015 and previously played a T20I in February this year, Yuvraj was not picked in the team for the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka after reportedly not clearing the Yo-Yo test.
Both the left-handers were also ignored as the MSK Prasad-led selection committee picked Virat Kohli-led Indian squad for the first three ODIs against Steve Smith’s Australia.
While the likes of Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav have done not much harm to their place in the team, it is perceived that Yuvraj and Raina will find it difficult to make a comeback to the side for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England.
However, Shastri stated that the southpaws can still be picked in the team.
"Any player is eligible for selection if they perform well on the following parameters - fitness, current form and fielding. Fielding is very important if you want to win consistently," Shastri was quoted as saying by India TV.
"I am not involved in selection. The door is not closed on Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. Any player who performs well on these parameters is eligible for selection," added the 55-year-old.