11. Yuzvendra Chahal

Chahal has a huge opportunity in front of him as he has only affected four dismissals against West Indies while going at 9.09 an over (average). Backing his skills, he will hope that Eden Gardens will have a lot to offer to him as he is another bowler looking to cement his place in the XI. Being one of the best spinners in the squad for the series, he is added to this list.

10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

He played 12 T20Is in the 2021 calendar year. In the 40 overs he bowled, he scalped 12 wickets with the best match figures of 4/22. An economy of 6.59 in 2021 and a career economy rate of 6.95 often help to control the bowling innings. He can play a couple of shots too, which gives the team hope towards the latter half of the batting order.

9. Harshal Patel

In his two T20Is, he took 4 wickets at an economy of 7.28 and a strike rate of 10.5. He also made a valuable contribution in the lone innings he batted, scoring 18 at a strike rate of 163.63. A handy batter in the lower order, his addition would help to deepen the batting depth.

8. Deepak Chahar

While his economy has been a little towards the higher end (8.11), his 23 wickets in 17 T20I matches have helped India make breakthroughs during the initial part of their bowling innings. In his last T20I match, he played a cameo of 21* off 8 balls in an innings consisting of 2 fours and a maximum. Unfortunately, he was expensive with the ball conceding 26 off his two overs.

7. Axar Patel

In his 15 T20Is, he has taken 13 wickets at a good economy of 6.7. In the four matches he played in 2021, he scalped 4 wickets at an economy of 6.43. In his last T20I match in November 2021, he emerged as the man of the match for his match figures of 3/9. He hasn’t made a lot of contributions with the bat, however, his economical overs with the ball at any phase of the match, make him a star pick in the squad.

6. Venkatesh Iyer

India has struggled to find a fast bowling hard-hitting all-rounder, something which Venkatesh Iyer possesses. However, with the likes of Shardul Thakur in the squad, might be something to worry about for Iyer as he will need to produce a couple of matches winning innings with the bat and ball. He is still one of the best candidates to feature in XI vs West Indies.

5. Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper)

Rishabh Pant has been caught under the scanner for his reckless shot selections lately, leaving him on the wrong side of the tale in a couple of situations now. With Ishan Kishan in the wings, Rishabh needs to focus on staying till the end and help finish games for the Indian team. Being one of the most integral part of the setup, he is the best keeper choice for the XI vs West Indies.

4. Suryakumar Yadav

Striking at 155.41, Surya is a talent in the middle order. Not only can he build an innings, but he can also go aggressive from the word go. Scoring a total of 244 in the nine innings he played since his debut last year, Surya has managed to get three fifties to his name.

3. Virat Kohli

Off his eight T20I innings in 2021, Virat Kohli has remained not out on four occasions with the highest total of 80* vs England. His strike rate of 132.89 ensures the scoreboard’s ticking, despite the fall of a wicket, while having the ability to shift gears into an attacking mode within overs.

2. KL Rahul

KL Rahul is known for churning out runs and ripping the bowling attack during his best days. A career strike rate of 142.49 and four fifties in 11 innings in 2021 often took India to massive totals. In his last T20I game, both openers put up a steady 117 run partnership in 13 overs, with him ending the series as the fourth-highest run-getter, playing two out of the three matches.

1. Rohit Sharma (C)

Rohit Sharma has been an automatic select into any format’s playing XI in recent times. The Hitman was in fine form with the bat last calendar year. Amassing 424 runs in the eleven innings he batted, India always looked to be in safe hands. Striking the ball at 150.89 and assuring a steady start to India’s batting innings, he scored a total of five fifties last year.