India will play their first series against West Indies after the World Cup loss. The tour kicks off from August 3rd and will have 3 T20s, 3 ODI’s along with 2 test matches. Chief selector MSK Prasad announced the squad. Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini and Rahul Chahar are the new faces who have been given a chance. This is an opportunity for the youngsters and selectors would look to solve the No.4 mystery. Hardik Pandya and Dhoni have been rested and Virat Kohli amid all the split-captaincy rumours will lead the team in all 3 formats. Shikhar Dhawan returns to the squad after his world cup injury and Dinesh Karthick has been left out from the squad.
Here is the complete squad for all 3 formats:
T20- Virat Kohli ©, Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini.
ODI- Virat Kohli ©, Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini.
Test- Virat Kohli ©, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK) Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma & Umesh Yadav.
The Selection Committee clearly looks forward to build a team for the future. But the test side that has 2 wicket-keepers with Shah and Pant. Who will the first choice keeper be as MSK Prasad said in the press conference that he wants Pant to groom and take over the baton from Dhoni.