New Delhi: India’s selectors have named the uncapped pair of Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav in India’s ODI squad for the West Indies tour, with Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah the men to be presumably be rested for the short limited-overs trip.
Pant, 19, has had pundits talking of his India potential for a while now, and following a successful Under-19 World Cup and Ranji Trophy season for Delhi, he was ushered into India’s T20I squad in January. He offers India an explosive batting option and also serves as reserve wicketkeeper to MS Dhoni. During the IPL, he scored 366 runs at a strike-rate of 166 for Delhi Daredevils.
Kuldeep, 22, has yet to play an ODI but enjoyed a successful domestic season for Uttar Pradesh and proved an inspired pick for the deciding Test match against Australia in Dharamsala in March where he stunned the visitors with a game-shifting four wickets on day one.
Rohit returned to the Indian team for the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy after a six-month absence owing to injury, and scored 91, 78 and 12 back at the top of the innings.
Bumrah was Man of the Match in India’s victory over South Africa, which confirmed their place in the semi-finals. Both players, incidentally, were part of the Mumbai Indians squad that won this year’s IPL.
India’s tour of the West Indies comprises five ODIs and a T20I. The ODIs will be played from June 23 to July 6 followed by the T20I at Sabina Park on July 9
Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Dinesh Karthik.