The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the Indian team for the first two ODIs of the five-match series against the Windies on Thursday. In the Asia Cup, India’s leadership was given to Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli is back as the captain of the Indian team who returned to the ground after the rest. Indian team starting their ODI campaign from 21st October.
The first ODI will be played in Guwahati (21st October) at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium, whereas the second match will be held at YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on October 24. Both the ODIs will be day-night fixtures.
Young wicket-keeper and dazzling left-handed batsman Rishabh Pant, who got a chance as back up to first-choice stumper MS Dhoni.
Other noteworthy inclusion is that of left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed, who performed extremely well in the Asia Cup, which India won after beating Bangladesh in the final.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan who were not finding a place in India’s Test squad against the West Indies return as openers in the Kohli-led squad.
Ravindra Jadeja, who had taken the place of the injured Hardik Pandya in the Asia Cup, has been given another ODI lifeline by the selectors. However, Dinesh Karthik has been rested to give Pant a chance.
Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya both are couldn’t come back to the squad after getting injured during the Asia Cup in UAE. Indian frontline pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah get rested to check bench strength and analyze the best squad in front of the tour to Australia in this November.
Indian Team for first 2 ODIs against West Indies:
India’s ODI Squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant, R Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, KL Rahul
West Indies ODI Squad: Jason Holder (Capt), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Oshane Thomas