Team India’s squad for their tour to the West Indies in August was recently announced. India will play 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests on the tour which begins on the 3rd of August and finishes on the 3rd of September. The West Indies are known to be tough opponents at home in recent times, especially in limited overs cricket, and this should be an interesting tour.
India has selected a strong and stable squad filled with mostly known and some fresh faces. Here’s a look at the Indian squads for all the three formats on the West Indies tour:
India’s squad for three T20Is:
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
India’s squad for three ODIs:
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini
India’s squad for two Tests:
Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK) Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
In all the three squads there are some known and established names who are supposed to do the bulk of the work on the tour. However, a few fresh and young faces have been named in all the three formats who might go on to have an impact on the tour in their respective formats.
Firstly, there is the young and exciting pace sensation Navdeep Saini. The 26-year-old pacer has been around domestic cricket for a while but really got noticed in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) where he impressed everyone with his speed and accuracy. Then, on India A’s tour to the West Indies recently, Saini was terrific and even scalped his best List A figures of 5-46 in one of the games. In Bumrah’s absence from the limited overs squads, Saini could be the one to watch out for.
Rahul Chahar, a 19-year-old leg-spinner, is another exciting name in the T20I squad who should be making his international debut on this tour. The young bowler was very impressive in this year’s IPL for the Mumbai Indians. What’s more is that he can be a solid hitter down the order. This will make a great prospect in the West Indies and the team management is bound to give the youngster a try in all the T20Is.
The return of Shreyas Iyer to India’s limited overs squads bodes well for the future of the team. Shreyas, who has played 6 ODIs and 6 T20is for India, has been around for a while in domestic cricket and has been performing well recently. The 24-year-old stylish and solid right-hander is expected to be given the controversial and vital No.4 position in the ODIs and T20Is. That number has been the bane of Indian cricket in recent times and if Shreyas can do well there, it would be a massive relief for the team.
Washington Sundar is still only 19 years old and has played 8 internationals for India. The of-spinning all-rounder’s return to the T20I squad is a result of some consistent performances in the domestic circuit. Sundar is economical and can bowl in the Powerplay. He is also a handy left-handed batsman down the order and will be useful against the West Indies.
It will be interesting to see how these youngsters perform on the tour to the West Indies. If they can do well, then a fresh and exciting dawn in Indian cricket might well have begun.