Opener Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah are the only members from the Champions Trophy squad who won’t be making the trip to the Caribbean.
It is understood that Anil Kumble will remain India’s coach for the West Indies tour. Kumble’s one-year contract ends with the Champions Trophy but he has accepted the BCCI’s offer to stay on until the board decides on the next coach. Kumble is one of the candidates in contention, after the BCCI invited applications for the job; amid reports that Virat Kohli and some senior players were unhappy with Kumble’s methods.
When India announced the squad for the Champions Trophy, the selectors had said they had discussed both Pant and Kuldeep; but went with experience for the big tournament. The chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, had called them players for the future.
Rishabh Pant’s Rise
Kuldeep Yadav too has benefitted from his fine form in the domestic season (35 wickets in 8 games for UP); which earned him a Test cap against Australia in Dharamsala early this year. Kuldeep was also key to Kolkata Knight Riders’ IPL campaign in 2017, picking up 12 wickets in as many fixtures.
Indian Squad for The Windies Tour
The West Indies tourAcomprises five ODIs and a T20 international and begins from June 23.
There are no surprises in the batting department, barring Rohit’s omission, and the top-order should pick itself; with Ajinkya Rahane taking his fellow Mumbai batsman’s spot.
Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami are the three seamers while Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will share the spin attack. The middle-order continues to wear the settled look as Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav find a spot. Hardik Pandya continues to hold the all-rounder spot.
Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Dinesh Karthik
Fixture List of the West Indies tour
23 June: 1st ODI, Queenas Park Oval
25 June: 2nd ODI, Queenas Park Oval
30 June: 3rd ODI, SVRS
2 July: 4th ODI, SVRS
6 July: 5th ODI, Sabina Park
9 July: 1st T20I, Sabina Park