OPENING Indian batsman Rohit Sharma
NEW DELHI: The Board for Control of Cricket in India has put to rest speculation about splitting the captaincy of the national team by appointing Virat Kohli for all formats of the game in the upcoming series against the West Indies in the Caribbean.
Announcing the squad in Mumbai on Sunday, chief selector MSK Prasad informed that fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been rested from the one-ball leg of the tour according to the Times of India.
Hardik Pandya will play no role in the tour as he is being rested as part of a workload management program.
Shikar Dhawan, who was injured in the World Cup match against Australia is fit and makes a comeback to the One-Day International squad.
Opening batsman Rohit Sharma, who was the leading run-scorer of the recently concluded World Cup in England and Wales was selected for all formats in the series and will be Kohli’s understudy in the ODIs and T20s.
Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Navdeep Saini, and Khaleel Ahmed were also named in the ODI squad.
Wicketkeeper/batsman Wriddhiman Saha returns to the Test line-up after a year-long injury lay-off and after undergoing shoulder surgery. He last played Test cricket in January 2018 in South Africa.
Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar is the only new face in India’s T20 squad and has been rewarded for his consistency in the IPL and domestic cricket.
India will bowl off their tour on August 3 and play three T20s, a similar number of ODIs and two Test matches. It will be India’s first assignment after the semi-final loss by 18 runs to New Zealand in the World Cup earlier this month.
The current India coaching staff, including head coach Ravi Shastri, has been given an extension for the upcoming tour, and the home series against South Africa to follow.
Test Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, C Pujura, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (Wkp), Wriddhiman Saha (Wkp), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jaspit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.
ODI Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (Wkp), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini.
T20 Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-captain), Shikar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (Wkp), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.