BCCI announce India's ODI and T20I squads for West Indies series

The ODI series is set to commence on February 6.

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BCCI has announced India’s ODI and T20I squads for the upcoming home series against the West Indies. As expected skipper Rohit Sharma has returned after recovering from his hamstring injury which led to him missing the South Africa tour. However, he reportedly cleared the fitness test before the selection meeting and is now set to lead India in both series. Also, Rohit and Virat Kohli will play together for the first time since the captaincy saga.

Meanwhile, the pace attack has got a kind of new look with Bhuvneshwar Kumar facing the axe from ODI series, post the ordinary series against South Africa. He didn’t pick up a single wicket in 18 overs bowled in the first two ODIs and conceded 64 (10 overs) and 67 (8 overs). Jasprit Bumrah, however, has been rested to manage his workload and the same is the case with off-spinner Ravi Ashwin and Mohammed Shami.

The rest of the bowling attack that traveled to South Africa for the One-Day series has been retained. Deepak Chahar impressed with both bat and ball in the only game he played while Prasidh Krishna and also picked up three wickets in the final ODI.

Kuldeep Yadav makes his comeback

Kuldeep Yadav became a force to reckon with for India post-2017 Champions Trophy but he found himself on the sidelines in the last few tours. However, he has found a place yet again with India and is expected to be India’s solution for spinners’ struggles. Washington Sundar has also made a comeback after missing the South Africa tour due to a positive COVID test.

Ravi Bishnoi has also got his maiden call-up in the T20I series and ODI series. On the other hand, Avesh Khan has also got his maiden call-up for the series. Senior pacers like Mohammed Shami, apart from Bumrah have bees rested for the series. KL Rahul will be available from 2nd ODI whereas Jadeja is in his final stage of recovery. Axar Patel will be available only for T20Is.

India T20I squad against West Indies: Rohit Sharma(Capt), KL Rahul (vc), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli,Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk),Venkatesh Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Ravi Bishnoi, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel

India ODI squad against West Indies: Rohit Sharma (Capt), KL Rahul (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shikhar, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), D Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Y Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohd. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan