India have named a strong squad for the upcoming ODI series against West Indies starting from August 3 under the leadership fo Virat Kohli. The ODIs will commence from August 8 at Guyana while Trinidad will host the second and the third ODI on August 11 and 14.
The Men in Blues will be without MS Dhoni while Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar haven’t made it to the squad due to injuries. On the other hand, Shikhar Dhawan has recovered from injury on time to be in the plane to West Indies. The BCCI has also decided to rest their premier all-format fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah from the limited-overs leg.
The ODI series will see a few fresh faces in Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey and Khaleel Ahmed. On the other hand, young fast bowler Navdeep Saini has earned his debut national call. But a few deserving candidates failed to make it to the squad despite performing consistently in the domestic cricket.
Here are the five deserving players who failed to make it to India’s ODI squad:
Shubman Gill is the next big thing in Indian cricket. Since the U19 World Cup, Gill has only made upward movements scoring runs for consistently. With KL Rahul suspended, the young batsman made his debut against New Zealand earlier this year. Although he failed to score big but left an impact.
Moreover, Gill had an excellent outing in the IPL and subsequent India A tour of West Indies. He has scored two half-centuries in three games and was one of the front-runners to bag an ODI spot. But it looks like he will have to wait a bit more to add to his tally of two matches.