Indian Team For West Indies Tour

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
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.

Indian team for West Indies tour
Irfan and Yadav have been retained

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.


  1. Vijay is an attacking batsman who charges in with technique, so less risk involved. Maybe they expected Karthik to bail out but he performed well instead. It would've been interesting to see Pujara in the shorter format. They had to take someone so they have put their trust in Murali Vijay. If Karthik struggles, they might make the mistake of pushing Sharma back and opening with Murali n Dhawan again.

    Sharma, it seems, has found his rhythm. He should not be troubled with a change in the batting order. It is not that Vijay n Dhawan are bad openers, they're pretty good. I just don't want Sharma troubled again. Not until he gets some 10,000 runs that is. 😛

  2. I think..4 players doesnt deserve the place in squad…..i.e.murali vijay,rohit, ishant(bahar nikalo saale ko),nd vinay kumar… place of them we may take pujara or yuvraj, rahane or rayadu,nd varun aaron(jldi lao ise),ojha…

    1. Hmmm, interesting. I won’t comment on Vijay and Sharma because I feel that both of them deserve the spot very much.

      Coming to Ishant, well, no matter how vulnerable Ishant be during the death overs and now matter how expensive he is at the start, we still need him for the experience that he brings to this fresh and out of the box bowling line up. There was a reason why India hung on to Zaheer for so long, he provided inputs which were essential in forming startegies when bowling in pairs.

      As for Pujara (who is a Test specialist as of now), bringing him in would mean pushing Kohli or Karthik out, which won’t be a very good idea to be honest.

      Aaron will take some time. He is strongly built and fit, but still, some more time at the domestic level and he can be brought back into the side. Although with B.Kumar cementing a spot, it’ll be difficult for others to step in. Look at Dinda, Praveen and Vinay … on and off all the time.

      Ojha has always stumped me. He is experienced and carries a bag of tricks as a spin bowler. But he cannot replace Ashwin who conceals his deliveries in a better manner and has far more variation. Not to forget, Ashwin is more than handy with the bat. Mishra on the other hand is an important addition. He has evolved as a bowler and has a lot to offer. He strikes to me as a much more mature bowler than Ojha. But yes, the competition between Mishra and Ojha is tight and still going.

      Thank You for your views, please keep posting.

  3. Pujara should have been in squad… And i dont think dropping Vijay without giving chance will be a good one…