India vs West Indies


The 15-member Indian T20 squad for the WC didn't include senior pacer Shikha Pandey, ODI opener Raut, and wicket-keeper Sushma Verma. While Pandya had injured his lower back in the Asia Cup match against Pakistan to be ruled out of the tournament, Jadhav won India the title with an injured hamstring. Pant had hit a scintillating 114 off 146 balls in the final Test match against England at The Oval in September and smashed an 84-ball 92 in the first Test against West Indies at Rajkot.

The boost from the Nidahas Cup heroics (in Sri Lanka) has run its course for Dinesh Karthik as Rishabh Pant was named in the squad.

India already has a 1-0 lead in the ongoing two-match Test series.

Ravindra Jadeja, who had a dream comeback in the Asia Cup, retains his spot while Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are the other two spinners on the team. Chahar and Kaul had been injury replacements for Pandya and Shardul Thakur in the Asia Cup.

Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed, and Shardul Thakur have also been included in the Indian squad.

The chief selector also said Virat Kohli, who was rested for the Asia Cup, will play the entire series.

It remains to be seen whether Pant gets a place in the starting line-up. While there have plenty of exclusions and inclusions, we take a look at the players who failed to make it to the squad. In three T20Is, he has scored 32 runs in one innings out of the three T20Is he played for India. Meanwhile, Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu make it to the middle order in blues. "We've chose to rotate our players so that we can avoid break downs", Prasad said. "It's been in the debate for some time and we have really closed in on couple of names".

India open their campaign on October 21 in Guwahati. The last three ODIs are scheduled to be played in Pune, Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram.