I think Sodhi plays mainly as an opening batsman these days and that may be the reason why he has been selected ahead of an all-rounder.
Re the team to WI, if we do want to rest Sachin, why not go with Venu Rao?
From what I saw of him last yr, he seemed more suited to the longer version. Plus, Raina has played just about a season of FC cricket and might not be ready yet.
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