India in West Indies 2017 June 15, 2017

Pant, Kuldeep picked for West Indies tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav have been picked for India's limited-overs tour of West Indies, which comprises five ODIs and a T20 international soon after the Champions Trophy ends in England. Opener Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah are the only members from the Champions Trophy squad who won't be making the trip to the Caribbean.

It is understood that Anil Kumble will remain India's coach for the West Indies tour. Kumble's one-year contract ends with the Champions Trophy but he has accepted the BCCI's offer to stay on until the board decides on the next coach. Kumble is one of the candidates in contention, after the BCCI invited applications for the job amid reports that Virat Kohli and some senior players were unhappy with Kumble's methods.

When India announced the squad for the Champions Trophy, the selectors had said they had discussed both Pant and Kuldeep, but went with experience for the big tournament. The two were part of the five players kept on standby should there be need for an injury replacement. The chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, had called them players for the future.

Pant has had the cricket community excited with his aggressive batting, which included a 326-ball 308 in the Ranji Trophy last season. Kuldeep made his Test debut in the same season, and took crucial wickets on day one of the Dharamsala Test and helped India win the series against Australia.

The BCCI did not state why Rohit and Bumrah had been left out of the squad. Rohit had only returned to the India squad for the Champions Trophy, after missing the majority of the 2016-17 home season because of injury. ESPNcricinfo learned there are plans to introduce Bumrah to Test cricket on the tour of Sri Lanka in July-August and so wanted to rest him for a bit.

Squad Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Dinesh Karthik

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  • Cricinfouser on June 24, 2017, 9:01 GMT

    yuvraj and Dhoni needs to be axed. ashwin and jadeja needs to concentrate on tests

  • Krishnan on June 21, 2017, 20:52 GMT

    @jack_brigh on June 19, 2017, 15:41 GMT

    "I guess it is time for India to look towards WC 2019 and start picking young players and give them chances instead of Oldies like Yuvi and MSD or even Kartik who will be in their late 30's then. Also India should pick up wrist spinner over Jadeja and Ashwin who are not effective on foreign pitches. "

    Karthik is 32. He would be 34 and not in late 30's, unless you want to call 34 as "late 30s". No, I am not recommending Karthik. It must a mixture of youth and experience. Just one alone won't work.

  • babs191781905 on June 20, 2017, 18:14 GMT

    will Kohli dare enough to drop Dhoni or Yuvi?

  •   Cricinfouser on June 20, 2017, 16:28 GMT

    Can't they pick a team like this for WI tour? 1. Dhawan, 2.Pant, 3.Iyer, 4.Rahane (capt), 5.Kedar Jadav, 6.Hardik, 7.Axar, 8.Chahal, 9.Kuldip, 10.Bhuvi, 11.Basil Tambi, 12.Unadkat. A good and young team with aggression and a cool captain. Covered all areas with explosive opening batsmen, reliable middle order, excellent all rounders, good spinning and fast bowling variety. A complete team covered all areas of batting, bowling and fielding. I would pick this team for the West Indies tour if Rahul and Pandey still injured.

  • al7sea9676218 on June 20, 2017, 15:19 GMT

    Yuraj best gone now he should understand he does not have killer instic no more we saw in champlon series except one match and that match pak droped his catch and made 52 . Mr yuvraj plese make space for youngsters.

  •   cricfan8458371926 on June 20, 2017, 9:18 GMT

    Please stop saying remove yuvi and dhoni , we need one senior from those two, and r jadeja spot guaranteed by team management not his performance, k. Yadav must come in place of him, k. Pandya must come

  • Munaf on June 19, 2017, 18:43 GMT

    After thie big loss, I am hurt but thats ok... a bad day at office happens. If I were selector , I would ask Dhoni and Yuvraj to retire..give them a farewell series since both have served India well but now is time to go. Anyway If Kohli wants to forge a winning team for future he needs new guys. My team for ODI/T20 if i were selctor would be ( based on current form in domestic and ipL)

    Openers Rohit Shikhar / KL Rahul as reserve opener

    Middle order Kohli Manish pandey Risabh pant(wk) /Samson or kedar jadhav as reserve

    All rounders Pandya1 ( Seamer/big hitter) Pandya2 ( Spinner / big hitter)

    Spinner Kuldeep Yadav/ Not sure who other good spinner is

    Seamers ( Any three from below) Bumrah Bhuvi Shami Yadav

    As for Rahane,Ashwin,Jadeja and others...they should be test specalists only

    Select this team..and world cup 2019 semi final spot is assured. Then its down to luck and form on SF and final day.

  • hsolar3661521 on June 19, 2017, 17:26 GMT

    The biggest laugh is to see sir jadeja and ashwin picked for WI tour. Surely they will pick up wickets and make their ODI rankings and Indians will start saying look our ashwin is as good as Murali. Lol

  • Roshan on June 19, 2017, 17:03 GMT

    It's high time to sack the selectors which only look at the experience. West Indies Tour was a good tour to give to opportunities youngsters(Dravid & Agarkar too mentioned in their interview). Yuvraj, Karthik, Dhoni, Ashwin, Jadega... Common.. You had to give atleast Krunal & Iyer a go in such a low tournament.

  • jack on June 19, 2017, 15:41 GMT

    I guess it is time for India to look towards WC 2019 and start picking young players and give them chances instead of Oldies like Yuvi and MSD or even Kartik who will be in their late 30's then. Also India should pick up wrist spinner over Jadeja and Ashwin who are not effective on foreign pitches.

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