India to play near full-strength squad in five T20Is against West Indies; Virat Kohli might be rested: Report | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Regular skipper Rohit Sharma, pacer Jasprit Bumrah, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and all-rounder Hardik Pandya are doubtless to return to India’s near full-strength T20I squad for the five-match sequence against the West Indies. At the identical time, senior batter Virat Kohli might be rested from the T20I sequence in the Caribbean, says a report by Cricbuzz on Thursday.
On Wednesday, Sharma, Bumrah, Pant, Pandya and Kohli have been rested from India’s three-match ODI sequence against the West Indies, to be performed in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on July 22, 24 and 27. After this, India and West Indies will play five T20Is, ranging from July 29 in Trinidad, adopted by the following two matches at St. Kitts and the ultimate two T20Is to be performed in Lauderhill, Florida, USA.
“The India Twenty20 squad for the upcoming matches in the Caribbean will be in full force as all the senior players of the white-ball team with the possible exception of Virat Kohli, are expected to feature in the five-game series. Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya will be included in the squad expected to be announced after the third and final T20I against England on July 10,” stated the report.
Talking in regards to the chance of Kohli’s absence from the five-match T20I sequence, the report stated, “The absence of Kohli cannot be construed as not being in the scheme of things as he is very much part of the decision makers’ plans for the World Cup. He is believed to have requested the selectors, team management and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to not consider him for the West Indies series. It will be a case of rest rather than an axe.”
The report went on to say that ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin might get a shock recall for the T20I sequence against the West Indies. Ashwin made a comeback into the shortest format of the sport through the Men’s T20 World Cup final yr and final performed a T20I against New Zealand at Ranchi in November final yr.
“The management and the selectors also want to test Ashwin, who was recalled for last year’s T20 World Cup in the UAE but has not had many chances since for a variety of reasons, including fitness. However, after Dravid and Rohit took over the reins of the team last November, Ashwin was told that his experience and expertise feature in their planning. It will be a surprise if he doesn’t get a recall soon enough, if not straightaway for the West Indies series.”
The West Indies sequence will be the second time India will play a bilateral T20I sequence of five matches this yr, after drawing 2-2 against South Africa in June at residence. It provides the Indian group administration an extra likelihood to zero on the personnel who will make it to the ultimate squad for Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November.
“Team management under coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit wants to try out all possible combinations before finalising the line-up for the World Cup in October-November in Australia, and the selection committee under Chetan Sharma is believed to be on the same page. Both groups will identify players — whom they want to pick or to leave out for the World Cup — only after giving sufficient opportunities,” concluded the report.

2022-07-07 14:54:16
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