The BCCI has just announced the squad for the short tour of Zimbabwe and the Test series against West Indies in July-August. India will travel to Zimbabwe for 3 One day Internationals and 3 T20 starting from 11th June. The Indian selectors have rested all the senior players. MS Dhoni will lead the team. The selectors have kept the same team for One day International and T20 series.
Indian team for Zimbabwe One day International and T20 series:
In the on-going IPL 9 tournament, KL Rahul has proved that he is not just a Test batsman. He is a good option as a backup wicket-keeper who can open the batting and can be handy in the lower middle order.
Faiz Faizal 3/10
The Vidarbha opening batsman has been selected keeping his form in the domestic tournament. The selectors have given him a chance to showcase his talent as an opener in the limited overs format.
In the last tour of Zimbabwe, Manish Pandey did an excellent job by scoring his maiden half century. This is a chance to cement his place in the Indian team.
After an excellent performance in the Indian Premier League 9, he finally got a chance to represent the country. This is good selection by the Indian selectors to give him a chance.
Ambati Rayudu 6/10- Rayadu did not do well in this year’s IPL for Mumbai Indians. He has represented India and with senior players out of the series, Rayadu can score runs and create pressure on others.
Rishi Dhawan -4/10- Rishi Dhawan is not a good choice because of his inconsistent performance. Rishi Dhawan could have been replaced by Krunal Pandya which would have been a better choice.
Axar Patel- 6/10- This young man has shown potential with the bat and ball. Axar Patel has been given another chance to showcase his talent to the world.
Jayant Yadav-4/10- The selection of Jayant Yadav means that they are look for another all-rounder who can bat and ball in the future, but I have my doubts if he will get into the XI on this tour.
Dhawal Kulkarni-7/10- Dhawal Kulkarni selection for Zimbabwe tour shows the faith of the selectors in him. He performed well when Indian team toured Zimbabwe last year.
Jasprit Bumrah(9/10)- Jasprit Bumrah has been the find for Indian cricket. He has impressed the selectors and continued to impress in Indian Premier League 9.
Briinder Sran(7/10)- Brainder Sran a good pace bowler is a good addition to the Indian squad and will give them an extra seam bowlers option.
Mandeep Singh 5/10- Mandeep Singh another youngster has shown promise. He is a good addition to the squad who can be a hitter in the death overs.
Kedar Jadhav(7/10)- Another hard hitting batsman played excellent knock in the last tour of Zimbabwe where he scored a century. He could be used in the middle order in limited overs.
Jaydev Unadkat 5/10- Unadkat is not a good selection by the Indian selectors to tour Zimbabwe. It is a backward step because of lack of pacers in the country.
Yuzvendra Chahal(8/10)- Chahal has shown immense potential with the ball in the Indian Premier League for the last two seasons. Chahal adds more variations to the bowling and with limited overs tournament to be held this will give Indian team a much-needed bowler.
MS Dhoni(Captain)8/10- With no limited overs to be played till October this year, this tour gives him a chance to reinvent himself as a captain and give the youngsters a chance.
Indian team for West Indies Test series:
Virat Kohli (capt)-9/10- The Indian Test captain Virat Kohli was the obvious choice for the job. He has done well as a test captain and should do well in the upcoming test series against West Indies.
M Vijay-8/10- Murali Vijay one of the solid batsmen for the Indian team in the longer in the recent past. He has done well as an opener for the Indian team in tough conditions.
Shikhar Dhawan 6/10- Shikhar Dhawan has been in poor form in Test matches. The confidence of Indian selectors in Delhi star makes him the second choice as an opener.
KL Rahul (7/10)- KL Rahul another solid Test batsman has played well in Test matches. If Vijay or Dhawan gets injured then Rahul will get a chance to play.
Cheteshwar Pujara(6/10)- The number 3 batsman for India has not done well in previous Test matches in recent past, but is a good selection because of his ability to stay at the crease for a longer time.
Ajinkya Rahane (vice-capt)(7/10)- Rahane’s selection in the Indian Test team was an obvious choice because of consistent performance in the longer version. He has been named the Test vice-captain for the West Indies tour.
Rohit Sharma(5/10)- Rohit Sharma has not been consistent for team India in Test matches, but is selected on the basis of potential for long term.
Wriddhiman Saha(6/10)- Saha is one of the best keepers for India. He has not done justice with the bat. I think he needs to prove with the bat in West Indies tour.
R Ashwin(9/10) – R Ashwin is one of the best spinners in Test matches for India in the recent past. His ability to pick wickets makes him an obvious choice.
Amit Mishra (8/10 )- Amit Mishra’s selection in the Indian Test team was obvious. He is a leg spinner and his variations were needed in the Indian team.
Ravindra Jadeja(7/10) – R Jadeja another spinner gives the Indian team an option. He is a useful option with the bat as well.
Ishant Sharma (6/10)- Ishant Sharma has not performed to expectations. The selectors have faith in him. This is a good selection.
Mohammed Shami(7/10)- Mohammad Shami’s return to the Indian Test squad means that bowling will be strengthened and will add zip to Indian bowling attack.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7/10- Kumar will be also making a comeback in the Indian test squad. He will add swing and with Mohammad Shami in the squad both of them will create havoc for West Indies test team.
Umesh Yadav(7/10)- Umesh Yadav is one of fastest bowlers in India and has done well in Test matches. It is a good selection because of his pace and speed with which he bowls.
Shardul Thakur (6/10)- Thakur a young promising pace bowler from Mumbai has done well in domestic circuit. He can provide the team another option of a fast bowler and is a good selection in the sense that he can be groomed for the future.
Stuart Binny 6/10- Stuart Binny is not a good selection. Stuart Binny has done well with the ball but not impressed with the bat at all, but due to a lack of all-rounder he keeps on getting selected in the national team.