IND vs WI 2022: BCCI on Wednesday announced a 16-member squad for the three-match ODI series in their West Indies tour later this month. What comes as a major surprise for all is that Shikhar Dhawan will lead the ODI squad while Ravindra Jadeja will serve as his deputy. The 16-member squad will miss the services of India’s key players Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami as well as the injured KL Rahul.
Dhawan led the Indian team thrice in the ODI series last year on their tour of Sri Lanka when India’s senior players were busy in the Test series against England which got completed this year, with England winning the fifth rescheduled Test by seven wickets. The five-match Test series which started in 2021 was called off midway due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian Camp. The series ended in a tie with England winning the fifth rescheduled Test by seven wickets. Selectors have included Ruturaj Gaikwad into the squad who will serve as a potential opener to Shubman Gill who will return to the ODI setup for the first time since the tour of Australia in 2020.
Sanju Samson returns to the ODI setup replacing in-form Rishabh Pant & will serve as second wicket-keeper with Ishan Kishan already being named in the squad. Meanwhile, Arshdeep Singh who has been named in England’s ODI squad retains his spot in the West Indies ODI squad as well. Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel along with all-rounder Deepak Hooda, are the spinners in the squad.
India’s tour of the West Indies & USA will begin with the ODI series in Trinidad beginning on July 22. After the completion of the ODI series, they will play five T20Is against West Indies in Trinidad, St Kitts, and Lauderhill (Florida) with the tour finishing with the two T20Is in the USA on August 6 and 7.
IND vs WI 2022: India’s Squad:
Shikhar Dhawan (C), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja (VC), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh
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