Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday said he is surprised to not see Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane for the upcoming ODI series against West Indies. Ganguly said the time has come for selectors to pick the same players for all three formats of the game, which will help in increasing players' confidence and rhythm.
Taking to micro-blogging website Twitter, Ganguly wrote, "There are many in the squad who can play all formats ..surprised not to see Shubman gill ..Rahane in the one-day squad".
"Time has come for Indian selectors to pick same players in all formats of the game for rhythm and confidence. too few are playing in all formats ..great teams had consistent players ..it's not about making all happy but picking the best for the country and be consistent..@bcci (sic)," Ganguly tweeted.
Earlier, the Board of Cricket Council of India (BCCI) announced the squad for India’s tour of West Indies after a high-level meet that was attended by Chief Selector MSK Prasad and skipper Virat Kohli. It is to be noted that the Indian cricket team will start their West Indies tour from August 3 and will play three T20s, as many ODIs and two Test matches. Earlier, it was speculated that Virat Kohli will not be part of the team, but MSK Prasad clarified saying that he will continue to lead the side in all the three formats against West Indies.
While Jasprit Bumrah will only be available for the Tests, all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been rested for the entire tournament. In the meantime, Shikhar Dhawan, who has recovered completely from injury returns to the team. Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini are the new faces that have been included in the limited-over format.
Here’s the squad for India’s tour of West Indies:
India’s squad for 3 T20Is:
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar and Navdeep Saini.
India’s squad for 3 ODIs:
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini.
India’s squad for 2 Tests:
Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK) Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav.