WI vs IND: Five Indian players who should have been selected for ODI series

WI vs IND: Five Indian players who should have been selected for ODI series

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are missing again and fans are raising the question, why?

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee has announced India’s squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against West Indies. Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan has been named as captain and Ravindra Jadeja as his deputy to lead the 16-man squad. Ruturaj Gaikwad and fast bowler Arshdeep Singh have been included in the squad and are in contention to make their ODI debut. Sanju Samson and Shubman Gill also return to the ODI setup after a year gap.

The selection committee has also decided to rest a few senior key players for this series. Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah are missing the squad again. Star wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant has been rested as he was involved in all five matches against South Africa series and later featured in the fifth rescheduled Test match against England. Hardik Pandya, who recently made a successful comeback with a T20I squad, is also missing the list.

India ODI Squad: Shikhar Dhawan (C), Ravindra Jadeja (VC), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh.

Meanwhile, India are scheduled to play three ODI matches in England before meeting West Indies. All senior key players are included in the squad after getting a much-needed rest from the South Africa series last month. But now resting them again for West Indies series didn’t go down well with netizens. Fans and cricket experts are already raising a big question, ‘why does BCCI keep excluding key players again and again for the sake of a rest?’

Here is the list of five Indian players who should have been in the squad for the West Indies tour:

1. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The star Indian batter was rested for the five-match T20I series against South Africa last month. He also missed the two-match T20I series against Ireland later as he was included in the red-ball team for the rescheduled fifth Test match against England. Kohli is included in both T20I and ODI squads to face England this month. But there is a big gap of five days before the start of the West Indies tour on the 22nd of July.

The former captain has played just nine ODI matches since the start of 2021 and has been regularly rested for T20I assignments lately. He was also rested for the T20I series against Sri Lanka in February 2021. Kohli should be playing more white-ball cricket as he needs to gain his form back with the T20 World Cup 2022 being just four months away.

India have selected Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, and Samson, who all can fill in number three position. All these players are considered future of India’s batting line-up and hence, Kohli’s regular omission from the ODI squad can raise questions over his position in the first-choice line-up.

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