WION Web Team New Delhi, India
Jul 21, 2019, 02.07 PM
India's chief selector MSK Prasad on Sunday announced the squad for the upcoming West Indies tour, which is scheduled to kick-off from August 3. Virat Kohli will lead the team in all three formats after he made himself available for the full tour.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India's regular wicket-keeper in the limited-overs format, has been snubbed and young Rishabh Pant has been selected in the squad as the first-choice wicket-keeper across formats for the Windies tour.
"Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies as he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment," Reuters had reported on Saturday quoting an unidentified Indian cricket board (BCCI) source.
Dhoni is an honorary lieutenant colonel in India's territorial army and has pulled out of the tour to serve his regiment for the given period of time.
The chief selector also spoke about Dhoni's much-anticipated retirement from T20 and ODI. He said, "retirement is totally individual..legend like Dhoni knows when to retire."
In the one-day-international, some fresh faces will feature in the pace department with the likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Mohammed Shami has been included in the ODI format but the selectors decided to rest him for the T20Is.
In the T20I, in the presence of Shikhar Dhawan, the top order remains the same but Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey have been brought back in the middle-order. Spinner Rahul Chahar, who earned praises for his performance in the Indian Premier League 2019, has been called-up. Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini will accompany Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the pace unit.
For the Test Championship, Rohit Sharma has been brought back in the squad. Bumrah has been included along with pacers Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami while Bhuvneshwar has missed out. Wriddhiman Saha has been included in the Test squad and he is set to will rejoin the side after a gap of more than a year. The spin unit is comprised of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav.
India's tour of West Indies comprised of three T20 Internationals, three ODIs followed by two Test matches.
The T20Is will open the tour from August 3, the ODIs are lined up from August 8 and the Tests will take place from August 22 to September 3.
This will be India's first assignment after the recently concluded Cricket World Cup, where India were knocked out of the tournament in the semi-final.
The current coaching staff, including head coach Ravi Shastri, was given a contract extension for the upcoming West Indies tour and India's home series against South Africa.