Team India's squad for the upcoming tour of West Indies has been announced. India will be travelling to the Caribbean islands as well as the United States for two Tests, three One Day Internationals and three T20Is starting from 3rd August to 4th September 2019. The three-match Test series will be a part of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (2019-2021).
The biggest news is that of Shikhar Dhawan's come back from injury. The opening batsman will be a part of the limited-overs squad.
While the squad was named, Ambati Rayudu's name was also taken. No, he will not be a part of the squad as he had announced his retirement from international cricket but then chief selector MSK Prasad remembered him for his 3D glasses tweet after the former batsman was given a nod by the selection committee during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
"Lovely tweet. I really enjoyed it. It was timely. Fantastic", said Prasad.
At the same time, Prasad also said that he knew how disappointed Rayudu might have felt and even he himself as a selector and an ex-player felt the same as well.
It was also revealed why the 33-year could not feature in the selection committee's scheme of things.
“When Rayadu was picked for ODIs on the basis of his T20 performance, there was criticism, but we had some thoughts about him. When he failed the fitness test, we put him for a fitness program. Due to certain combinations, he wasn't picked, it doesn't make Selection Committee biased.”
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni had already confirmed his unavailability for this tour. According to a top BCCI official, the 2011 World Cup-winning skipper has made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour as he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment.
Virat Kohli will be leading the Men In Blue in all three formats.
Here are the squads.