Indian team for West Indies tour has finally been announced. The tour that begins on June 28, will see the hosts, India and Sri Lanka participate in a tri-series. Star players Virendra Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have been ignored yet again and are not a part of the Indian team for West Indies tour. Let’s take a look at the Indian team for West Indies tour.
Indian team for West Indies tour – The Team
MS Dhoni (capt/wk), The team includes Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Irfan Pathan,Vinay Kumar,R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja , Amit Mishra, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and M Vijay.
Indian team for West Indies tour- Short Analysis
It is the same team which is currently playing in the Champions Trophy and not even a single change has been made. There were reports of Gambhir and Sehwag making a comeback but it seems that the selectors have decided to continue with the winning combination.
Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have done a commendable job and hence the duo is a part of the Indian team for West Indies tour. Also, Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik have been included in the Indian team for West Indies tour. Thus the batting lineup looks strong as the reliable Kohli, Raina and MSD will now have some in form batsmen to support them.
The bowling unit comprises of five seam bowlers with the experienced Ishant Sharma getting a place in the side. The Indian team for West Indies tour also includes Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, all rounder Irfan Pathan and Vinay Kumar. It will be interesting to see whether Pathan gets to be in the playing XI.
The spin armada will have all rounder Ravindra Jadeja, experienced Amit Mishra and consistent R Ashwin. The three will provide a much needed balance to the otherwise pace dominated attack.
Overall it appears to be a strong unit, especially judging by the team’s performance in the Champions Trophy where both the Indian batting as well as bowling have already been tested. With an exceptional fielding unit in place, India appear to be the favorites for this tri series. The Indian team for West Indies tour is one of the most balanced sides to tour the Caribbean in a long time. The Indian team for West Indies tour is also perhaps the most inexperienced but talented and rearing to go to tour the islands. In what will surely be a thrilling tri-series, the Indian team for West Indies tour will look to reiterate their dominance over World cricket by winning the tournament.