India will tour West Indies later this month for a full-fledged white-ball series comprising three ODIs and five T20Is. The series starts with the first ODI on July 22. five days after the white-ball series against England ends. Team India will be playing continuous cricket in till they head into the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia.
The Indian team is currently in England for a full-fledged series. The Test series ended in a 2-2 draw after England won the fifth and final Test in Edgbaston. The series now moves onto the T20Is starting with the first game Southampton on July 7. There will be three T20Is followed by a three-match ODI series ending on July 17.
The Indian team will play their next series against West Indies in five days. The BCCI are yet to announce the ODI and T20I squads for that tour. However, one expects the side to be almost the same that was announced for the series against England. Head coach Rahul Dravid spoke about identifying a core group of 15-20 players who will get a longer run in the buildup to the World Cup. In this article, we try and predict India’s 15-member ODI squad that might be announced for the series.
IND vs WI: India Squad For West Indies ODIs (Predicted)
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk)
Rohit will continue to lead the side and he will open the batting. Shikhar Dhawan who is picked for the England ODIs might be retained for the ODI series against West Indies as well. The middle order will constitute Virat Kohli, Suryakmaar Yadav and Rishabh Pant certain. One among Shreyas Iyer or Deepak Hooda might be picked given the requirement of the team.
Hooda has played a few T20Is for India recently. Against Ireland, he recently became the fourth Indian to score a T20I century. Shreyas Iyer has been inconsistent and has a weakness against the short ball which has been exposed now in international cricket. The rest of the batters very much pick themselves.