India Squad Announce Squad for West Indies Series

India Squad Announce Squad for West Indies Series

India’s ODI and T20Is squad selection for the upcoming home assignments against the West Indies marked the return of an old template, wrist-spin retaking center-stage.

After a long hiatus, Kuldeep Yadav is back to the 50-over fold to pair up with Yuzvendra Chahal, while Ravichandran Ashwin hasn’t been included in the ODI squad or for the T20Is. India will play three ODIs and many T20Is against the West Indies in Ahmedabad and Kolkata, respectively, starting from February 6. Rohit Sharma has recovered from his injury to lead India.

Ashwin was brought back to the white-ball fold before the T20 World Cup last year. Then, he was picked for the ODI series in South Africa. There have been talks about the senior off-spinner being ruled out due to an injury. But the BCCI press release didn’t mention anything. However, it confirmed that “Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami have been rested,” and Ravindra Jadeja has been “undergoing his final stage of recovery post his knee injury.”

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It is learned that the selection meeting on Wednesday was lengthy, the Chetan Sharma-led committee dissecting India’s 3-0 ODI series loss in South Africa and discussing the way forward. Both head coach Rahul Dravid and stand-in skipper for the South Africa series KL Rahul had spoken about a few changes going ahead. Eventually, the selection committee decided to fall back on the wrist-spin pair that had contributed to India’s white-ball recovery after the 2017 Champions Trophy.

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