Port Of Spain: After suffering a 180-run defeat to Pakistan in the final of Champions Trophy and the recent Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble controversy, team India will try to move on as they play a five-match ODI series against West Indies.
With in-form Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah rested for the West Indies tour, youngster Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav have been included in the 15-man squad. Pant, who is yet to make his ODI debut, was seen taking some advice from the senior wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni. The 19-year old Pant, known for his hard-hitting batting, had a brilliant run in the domestic circuit with Delhi and followed it up with an impressive IPL.
The left-handed batsman, who represents Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, took the cricket world by storm during the tenth edition of the tournament where he scored 366 runs in 14 innings. After India’s failure in the chase in the final at The Oval, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni’s performance with the bat has come under scrutiny.
With the 2019 World Cup just two years away, former skipper Rahul Dravid has also suggested the selection panel to start thinking of teams future beyond the two senior players.