India selectors might spring a surprise or two when they sit down to announce the squad for the upcoming ODI series against West Indies. According to Mumbai Mirror, Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant are in line to be a part of the squad. The selectors can also rest a few notable names.
Both Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja have been in fine form of late. Jadeja has not looked back since being given a chance.
He took seven wickets in the game and scored 86 not out in the first innings to prove his worth.
A spate of injuries then saw him returning to the Indian ODI squad for the Asia Cup and he made an instant impact. In his comeback game, he picked the Man of the Match award after picking up 4 wickets for just 29 against Bangladesh. He also played a couple of impressive knocks in pressure situations as India won the Asia Cup.
In his last outing, Jadeja slammed his maiden Test century during the first game against West Indies.
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On the other hand, Pant has also been in fine form with the bat since being drafted into the Test team. The southpaw, who got off the mark in Test cricket with a six, scored a brilliant century in England. He followed it up by a 84-ball 92 runs knock against West Indies.
Pant is likely to be the third wicketkeeper in the squad with first-choice MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik being the other two. Both Pant and Karthik are expected to play as specialist batsmen. With Kedar Jadhav set to miss the series due to an injury, Pant can be given a chance in the playing eleven.
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The report further claimed that pace spearheads Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah could get a rest for the series. In their absence, the team-management will have a chance to try out the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj and Khaleel Ahmed. Mohammed Shami can also make his comeback to the ODIs.
Allrounder Hardik Pandya can also miss the series due to an injury he sustained during the Asia Cup.
The five-match ODI series will get underway on November 21. It will be followed by a three-match T20I series.
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