5 Surprise picks in India's ODI and T20I squads for West Indies series

5 Surprise picks in India’s ODI and T20I squads for West Indies series

West Indies and India will play three ODIs and three T20Is starting from February 6.

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)

After a disappointing performance against South Africa, the Indian team will play three ODIs and three T20Is against West Indies in February. West Indies last traveled to India to play an ODI series in December 2019. Both the teams will play the first ODI on February 6 followed by the second and the third match on February 9 and February 12 respectively. The three T20I games will be played on February 15, 18, and 20.

The Indian selectors announced the team for this series on January 26 and as expected Rohit Sharma returned to the setup after missing the last series against South Africa. Apart from Rohit, a few more players returned to the ODI and T20I teams.

Here are five surprise picks in India’s ODI and T20I squads for the West Indies series.

1. Ravi Bishnoi

Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Ever since Ravi Bishnoi played the Under-19 World Cup in 2020, he has been rated as one of the best spinners in domestic cricket. Bishnoi was the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 17 scalps in six matches at an average of 10.65, an economy of 3.48, and a strike rate of 24.18.

During the IPL Auction 2020, Punjab Kings picked Bishnoi for Rs 2 crore. He took 12 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 31.33 and an economy of 7.37 in his debut season. In 2021, Bishnoi picked 12 wickets in nine matches at an average of 18.5 and an economy of 6.34.

In 17 List A games, Bishnoi has picked 24 wickets at an average of 36.25, an economy of 5.48, and a strike rate of 39.6. He has been picked by Lucknow Super Giants for INR four crores for the upcoming edition of the IPL along with KL Rahul and Marcus Stoinis. Bishnoi will be keen on making an impact for India if he gets a chance to prove his mettle.

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