New Delhi, Oct 6: As newly appointed selectors will perform their first task when they pick India squad for the five ODIs against New Zealand, all eyes will be on the fate of veteran players like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina.
Yuvraj and Raina were both dropped from India's T20 squad during series against West Indies in the USA. Both the left-handed batsmen were a part of the Indian side during ICC World T20.
Thus, it will be interesting to see if they fit in to selectors' scheme of things or are overlooked to make way for some young blood as the team will be preparing for the Champions Trophy 2017.
In Harbhajan Singh's absence, Yuvraj Singh will lead Punjab in their opening Ranji Trophy match against Railways, to be played at the Palam Ground from October 6 to 9.
MS Dhoni will be back as captain for the series beginning in Dharamsala on October 16. He would be keen to return to field considering India are not playing much of limited overs crickets this long home season comprising 13 Tests.
Opener Mayank Agarwal might make the cut:
Rookie Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal could be a beneficiary because of the injuries to KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan.
It also remains to be seen whether Gautam Gambhir can make a comeback in the limited overs but Agarwal, who has scored runs for India A in a tri-nation last year apart from heavy scoring in Duleep Trophy is a potential candidate.
What could help Agarwal or Gambhir is the fact that Dhawan, who suffered a minor fracture on his left thumb in the second Test, ruling him out of action for at least 15 days.
Manish Pandey is expected to retain his place in the side and so is young pacer Barinder Sran and Jasprit Bumrah.
Pandey's Karnataka teammate Karun Nair might make the cut after being named as Dhawan's replacement for the third Test in Indore.
It remains to be seen whether Gautam Gambhir can make a comeback in the limited overs but Agarwal, who has scored runs for India A in a tri-nation last year apart from heavy scoring in Duleep Trophy is a candidate.