India will play with full force in five T20 matches against West Indies; Kohli may be rested: Report

On Wednesday, Sharma, Bumrah, Pant, Pandya and Kohli were rested from India’s three-match ODI series against West Indies to be played in Port of Spain, Trinidad on July 22, 24 and 27. After this, India and West Indies will play five T20 matches in Trinidad from 29 July, followed by the next two matches in St Kitts and the last two T20 matches in Lauderhill, Florida, USA.

“The India Twenty20 squad will be in full force for the upcoming matches in the Caribbean as all senior players in the white-ball team are expected to feature in the five-match series with the possible exception of Virat Kohli. Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya will be included in the squad to be announced after the third and final T20I against England on July 10.

Talking about the possibility of Kohli’s absence from the five-match T20I series, the report said, “Kohli’s absence cannot be construed as not being in the scheme of things as he is the decision-makers for the world. part of the plans. cup. He is believed to have requested the selectors, the team management and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not to consider him for the West Indies series. It would be a matter of comfort rather than axe.

The report states that ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin may get a surprise recall for the T20I series against West Indies. Ashwin returned to the shortest format of the game during the Men’s T20 World Cup last year and last played a T20I against New Zealand in Ranchi in November last year.

“The management and selectors also want to test Ashwin, who was called back for the T20 World Cup in UAE last year but didn’t have many chances due to various reasons including fitness. However, Dravid and Rohit took charge. After taking over. Last November the team’s Ashwin was told that his experience and expertise are included in their plan. It would be surprising if he is not taken back soon, if not directly for the West Indies series.”

The West Indies series will be the second time that India will play a five-match bilateral T20I series this year, after a 2-2 home draw against South Africa in June. This gives the Indian team management another chance to zero in on the personnel who will make it to the final squad for the Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November.

“The team management, led by coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit, wants to try out all possible combinations before finalizing the line-up for the World Cup in Australia in October-November, and Chetan Sharma’s selection committee is believed to be a is on the same page. Both groups will identify the players – whom they want to choose or leave for the World Cup – only after giving them ample opportunities,” the report concluded.

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