Cheteshwar Pujara stands a strong chance to make it to the Indian Test squad for the first time when the selectors meet in Chennai on Monday to pick the 15 for the two-Test series against Australia starting in Chandigarh on Oct. 1.
If the Saurashtra batsman is selected and the selectors prefer a second wicketkeeper in the XV ahead of an eighth batsman or fourth medium-pacer, Yuvraj Singh will be dropped from the 16-member Test squad that toured Sri Lanka recently. Suresh Raina stays as the sixth batsman after his impressive debut in Sri Lanka.
With Gautam Gambhir having recovered from the knee injury suffered in Sri Lanka, he is set to be recalled. In that case, M. Vijay will also be dropped from the side which went to Sri Lanka if Wriddhiman Saha stays in the squad as second wicketkeeper. Zaheer Khan is also set to be recalled after a shoulder injury forced him out of the Sri Lanka tour.
If the selectors keep three medium-pacers in the squad, Ishant Sharma with either of Abhimanyu Mithun or Munaf Patel are likely to be the other two. The spin trio of Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha are expected to be retained. Australia begin their tour with a 3-day match against Board President's XI in Chandigarh from September 25. The second Test is in Bangalore from October 9. This will be followed by 3 ODIs.