Wriddhiman Saha has perhaps taken his first big step towards making his comeback to the Test team. The wicketkeeper-batsman, who last played a first-class game in Cape Town in January 2018, has been named in the India A squad for the three four-day matches against West Indies. S Bharat is the other ‘keeper in the squad for the tour of Caribbeans.
On the other hand, Rishabh Pant, who has pretty much sealed his spot in the Test eleven, has only made it to the squad for the five one-dayers that precede the four-day games. India’s senior team will also tour Caribbeans this year just after the World Cup. Virat Kohli & Co. will start their campaign in the World Test Championship with a two-Test series against West Indies. The Men in Blue will also play ODIs and T20s during the full-fledged tour. Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal, the current openers of the Test side, have also been named in the squad. However, the duo will not play the first two games and will replace Priyank Panchal and Abhimanyu Easwaran for the third four-day match.
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Shreyas Iyer will lead the side in all the three matches. The likes of Hanuma Vihari and Shubman Gill are also part of the squad. Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Avesh Khan form the pace bowling attack. On the other hand, Shahbaz Nadeem and Mayank Markande are the two specialist spinners. Shivam Dube and K Gowtham are the two all-rounders in the squad.
In the one-day games, Manish Pandey will lead India A. The tour begins July 1. In the one-day side, the likes of Shaw, Agarwal and Gill are the designated openers. The middle-order has the likes of Iyer, Vihari, Pandey and Pant. Washington Sundar, Axar Patel and Krunal Pandya are the allrounders in the side. Rahul Chahar is the specialist spin bowler while Deepak Chahar, Saini, Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh will take care of the pace department.
India A squad for five one-day matches:
Manish Pandey (c), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Rishab Pant (wk), Rahul Chahar, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Avesh Khan
India A squad for 1st & 2nd four-day matches:
Shreyas Iyer (c), Priyank Panchal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Shivam Dube, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KS Bharat (wk), K Gowtham, S Nadeem, Mayank Markande, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan
India A squad for 3rd four-day match:
Shreyas Iyer (c), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Shivam Dube, Mayank Markande, K Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan