Tamil Nadu batsman S Badrinath and paceman Praveen Kumar [ Images ] are expected to get call-ups as the national selectors meet in Chennai on Friday to pick India's ODI squad for tour of West Indies [ Images ] amid indications that a few seniors would be rested.
While Ishant Sharma [ Images ] is tipped to return to the one-day fold, young Ambati Rayudu is also a strong contender for a berth in the squad for the ODI and Twenty20 [ Images ] series against the West Indies beginning from June 4.
Virender Sehwag [ Images ] has been ruled out as he will undergo a shoulder surgery which will keep him out for at least four to six weeks. Sachin Tendulkar [ Images ] and paceman Zaheer Khan [ Images ] are likely to be rested to ensure that they are fresh for the subsequent Test series.
The selection meeting to be attended by newly-appointed coach Duncan Fletcher will no doubt take note of the performance of some of India's young guns in the ongoing Indian Premier League [ Images ].
The names of Kings XI Punjab [ Images ] opener Paul Valthaty, Kolkata Knight Riders' [ Images ] batsman Manoj Tiwary and spinner Iqbal Abdulla and Pune Warriors leg-spinner Rahul Sharma, who has had an astonishing economy rate of less than six through 10 matches, are likely to come up for discussions.
It is still not clear as to how many seniors will be rested for the shorter version. Whatever be the scenario, Rayudu who has so far scored 349 runs from 10 games with a strike rate of nearly 120 has a good chance to board the flight to Caribbean.
"His (Rayudu) wicketkeeping ability is another advantage for him. With Robin Uthappa [ Images ] not doing well, Rayudu's case is even more stronger. Whether Dhoni takes rest or not, Rayudu can be considered a second 'keeper in shorter versions as Indian teams over the years have always had a second option while touring the Caribbean," a BCCI source said.
Badrinath has had a fantastic Ranji season scoring a whopping 922 runs at an average of 131 and he followed it up with 294 runs in the IPL so far at a strike-rate of 135.
The talking point in the cricket fraternity has been how Badrinath who was known for his dogged approach has brought an attacking flair in his style of batting. He along with Michael Hussey [ Images ] has been one of the batting mainstays for Chennai.
Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary who is also in good form this year having scored 277 runs is another candidate but he can be termed as 'dark horse'. Manoj's selection however depends on how many among the seniors back out for the five ODIs (from June 6 to 16) and the T20 (June 4).
Chawla's show in the IPL has been as disappointing as his World Cup campaign.
The lanky Punjab lad Rahul who has been a revelation is the favourite after his big-hearted show against superior batsmen. His economy rate of 5.16 over 10 matches has been brilliant to say the least.
If the selectors prefer a left-arm spinner then pint-sized Abdulla will fight it out with experienced Pragyan Ojha [ Images ].
While Ojha has been disappointing in the IPL, Abdulla has carried his good all-round form for Mumbai [ Images ] in the Ranji Trophy into the IPL with 13 wickets with average of 6.10 runs per over.