Cheteshwar Pujara and Umesh Yadav left out of Team India squad for West Indies Series
Young guns Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rituraj Gaikwad, and Mukesh Kumar included in Team India for West Indies Tour
Ajinkya Rahane Given Vice-Captaincy role for two-match Test Series against West Indies
NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket team for the upcoming series against West Indies has been announced, with some notable changes and inclusions. Mohammed Shami has been given a well-deserved rest for the entire series, while Ajinkya Rahane has been appointed as the vice-captain for the two-match Test series.
In the Test squad, Rohit Sharma will lead the team as the captain. Joining him will be Shubman Gill, Rituraj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and the newly appointed vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan will take up the wicket-keeping duties. The bowling department will be strengthened by the presence of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Akshar Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, and Navdeep Saini.
In the ODI squad, Rohit Sharma continues to lead the team as the captain. The batting lineup comprises Shubman Gill, Rituraj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, and the explosive Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan as wicket-keepers. The bowling attack features Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammad Siraj, Umran Malik, and Mukesh Kumar.
India’s ODI Squad: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (VC), Shardul Thakur, R Jadeja, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Mukesh… pic.twitter.com/PGRexBAGFZ— BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2023
NEWS – India’s squads for West Indies Tests and ODI series announced.— BCCI (@BCCI) June 23, 2023
TEST Squad: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Mohd.… pic.twitter.com/w6IzLEhy63
Notably, Cheteshwar Pujara and Umesh Yadav have been left out of the squad for the series against West Indies. However, exciting young talents like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rituraj Gaikwad, and Mukesh Kumar have been given their maiden call-ups, showcasing the team’s focus on grooming young players.
The series against West Indies will consist of two Test matches and three ODIs. The Indian team will be aiming to continue their impressive form and secure victories against the West Indies side. The inclusion of fresh faces alongside experienced players reflects the team management’s strategy of maintaining a balanced squad and providing opportunities to talented individuals.
Cricket enthusiasts and fans eagerly await the thrilling contests between Team India and West Indies, as the players showcase their skills and strive to bring glory to their nation.