Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav in Indian Squad For WI Tour
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In the cricketing alleyway, the news of the day is Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav's selection for WI tour. While everyone is busy watching India Vs Bangladesh 2nd semifinal at Edgbaston, BCCI announces Indian squad for West Indies tour 2017, which comprises of 5 ODIs and lone T20. The 15-men squad features two new faces: Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav. Largely expected, Rishabh Pant's inclusion comes at the back of his ostentatious form, which he has continued for over the last one year. Pant had been impressive in the Under-19 World Cup last year in Bangladesh where he scored 267 runs in 6 innings at an average of 44.50. Thereafter, he carried his form in the domestic season and also in the just concluded IPL edition.
Another man to join Indian squad for West Indies tour 2017 is Chainaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who impressed the selectors with his fantastic bowling performance in IPL 2017. Kuldeep has been roped in to serve his national side. So, Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav selection for WI tour doesn't come as a surprise.
Dinesh Kartik, who is also a part of the national side in the ongoing Champions Trophy, has been retained as the standby wicket-keeper. However, MSD is likely to take the responsibility with gloves behind the wickets. Kohli & Co. will be without Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, who have been rested for the entire bilateral Caribbean series. In Rohit Sharma's absence, Rishabh Pant is likely to open Indian innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan. Also, Rishabh will be the third wicket-keeping option after Dhoni and Karthik. BCCI also emphasized that the administrative staff will remain the same, meaning Anil Kumble will stay Indian coach for the next assignment as well.
Indian squad for West Indies tour 2017 is as: Virat Kohli (C), Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Kedar Jadhav, R Jadja, Mohd. Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Umesh Yadav.
Will Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav prove worthy of selectors' expectations on India's tour of West Indies 2017?