India Tour Of West Indies: Dhawan Back, Rahul Chahar Gets Maiden T20 Call-Up
Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan made a comeback to India’s limited overs squad after recovering from a thumb fracture, while rookie leg-spinner Rahul Chahar is the only new face across three formats for the upcoming tour of the West Indies.
Skipper Virat Kohli will lead India in all three formats, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni has taken a break for two months to serve his paramilitary regiment in the Indian army.
Another notable inclusion was veteran keeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who is back in the Test squad after undergoing a shoulder surgery to recover from an injury sustained during the 2018 Indian Premier League. Saha last played a Test match in South Africa in January 2018.
Rajasthan leg-spinner Chahar has been rewarded for his consistent show in the IPL and domestic cricket with a berth in the Twenty20 squad. He is the younger cousin of seamer Deepak, who is also in the T20 squad.
From the World Cup squad, the prominent player to be dropped is Dinesh Karhik, while Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested as a part of workload management programme. Bumrah, however, is part of the Test squad.
India’s squad for three T20 matches: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini
ODIs: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep Saini
Tests: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice captain), Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, C Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper ) Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper ), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.