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Shikhar Dhawan to lead ODI India squad VS West Indies

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Shikhar Dhawan is all set to lead the Indian team in the upcoming West Indies tour as the squad for the upcoming limited-overs series was announced. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squad for the West Indies series with senior players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Japsrit Bumrah all rested.

Dhawan who has been struggling to get into the international team was surprisingly handed the call-up and was chosen to lead the team. Ravindra Jadeja has been chosen to be the deputy for Dhawan, while there are notable inclusions of Arshdeep Singh, and Shubman Gill into the side. Gill be in the squad for the first time since Australia tour of 2020.

This is not the first time Dhawan will be leading the Indian side, as he previously served as the captain of the side in 2021. Dhawan’s captaincy experience could come in handy as the West Indies are of good vein of form. Dhawan will be operating as the opener for the Indian side with RuturajGaikwad and Shubman Gill buying for a place as the other opener.

Sanju Samson is also expected to make a claim for a place in the team, but will most probably operate as middle-order batter. Samson was in great form in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and lead Rajasthan Royals (RR) to the final. He and Deepak Hooda were at their fluent best with the bat as India beat Ireland in a two-match T20I series recently.

With an eye on the T20World cup in Australia in October, the selectors are also focused on the future aspect. After dropping Ravichandran Ashwin from the England series, it was widely expected that Axar Patel and YuzvendraChahal will be leading the spinners department. The two are considered as natural option in the limited-overs format, with Chahal also winning the Purple Cap for most wickets in the IPL 2022.

Squad :Shikhar Dhawan (C), RuturajGaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, ShreyasIyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), RavindraJadeja (VC), Shardul Thakur, YuzvendraChahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh

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