India vs West Indies: 5 Indian players who deserved to be in ODI and T20I squads

India vs West Indies: 5 Indian players who deserved to be in ODI and T20I squads

Two of the players in the list featured in the India squad for the Bangladesh T20Is.

Dinesh Karthik India
Dinesh Karthik of India. (Photo by Harry Trump – IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

The home season  in India continues and surges on. After hosting Bangladesh in the historic D/N Test at the iconic Eden Gardens Kolkata, they will be hosting the West Indies for a three match T20I and ODI series. The focus once again will shift firmly on the ICC T20 World Cup next year in Australia. The visitors have named big hitting Kieron Pollard their captain.

He knows a thing or two about playing in India courtesy his time with Mumbai Indians in the IPL. He can use his vast experience to galvanize his side to perform well against a formidable India. They will be coming into the T20I series after being humbled by Afghanistan 1-2 at Lucknow. After resting himself for the T20Is against Bangladesh to give his body some much needed break, Virat Kohli returns to lead the side.

Rahul Chahar and Sanju Samson, who were both a part of India’s squad for the series against Bangladesh, have been dropped rather unceremoniously. Pacers Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur made way for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, who last played a T20I for India in 2017, while Jadeja returns as a like-for-like replacement for all-rounder Krunal Pandya.

For Bhuvneshwar it’s a comeback of sorts after his tryst with back and hamstring injuries in the recent past. He will be looking forward to leading the bowling attack along with the in-form Deepak Chahar and Shami. The selections made for this series reflects the mindset of the selectors to chop and change their T20I squad to get the perfect set of players and combinations as they near the mega event next year.

But there are players who were picked in the team for the T20Is against Bangladesh and were never given a chance to play, before being dropped for the West Indies series. Also, some players deserved to play in this series on the basis of their performances in the domestic circuit.

Here’s taking a look at five India players who deserved to play in the West Indies series:

Rahul Chahar

Rahul Chahar, Mumbai Indians, IPL
Rahul Chahar. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Rahul Chahar, the leg-spinner and cousin of current sensation Deepak Chahar made to the Indian T20I setup based on his performances for Rajasthan and Mumbai Indians in the IPL for two years. The lion-hearted performer gives it a nice spin and never shies away from flighting the ball to entice the batsmen to go after him.

With Yuzvendra Chahal in the squad, the selectors seemed to have wanted to bring back Kuldeep Yadav into the mix and go in with ‘Kulcha’ for the West Indies series. It’s a move in the right direction keeping in mind that India would want their frontline spinners to get some game time ahead of the ICC T20 World.

It is very unfair on Rahul Chahar, who merits some games atleast in the T20Is against the West Indies. He has played with and against many of their batsmen and would have offered lot for Virat Kohli to work with. But such are times where competition for few spots are so high that Chahar had to miss out.