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.
During the media interaction, when asked about Ambati Rayudu's status, it was revealed that he had already announced his retirement .
Apart from this, here's what was said about Rayudu.
At the same time, the details about KL Rahul being the makeshift opener after Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 due to a thumb fracture and why Rishabh Pant was roped in by the team management was also revealed.
"When Shikhar Dhawan got injured, we already had a third opener in KL Rahul. At that juncture when he got injured, we did not have a left-hander at the top. So as KL Rahul was going to open the innings, the team management had requested for a left-hander and we had no other choice other than Rishabh Pant ."
"We knew what he is capable of and that is the reason why we had to bring in a left-hander which had actually confused many of the people as to why a middle-order batsman has been brought in."
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.