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IND vs WI 2023: Possible 11 Test Squad Players List for Team India

By Akanksha - July 4, 2023 - Last updated on Jul 04, 2023 11:44 PM
IND vs WI 2023:  Possible 11 Test Squad Players List for Team India

After a disappointing end to the World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23, where Team India lost the final against Australia, they are now gearing up for the WTC 2023-25 cycle with a series against West Indies. In this article, we will provide a predicted squad for the upcoming Test series and discuss the key selection decisions faced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Predicted Test Squad for Team India:

Based on recent performances and the team's requirements, the following players are likely to be part of the Test squad for India:

1. Batters:

  • Ajinkya Rahane (vc)
  • Rohit Sharma (c)
  • Ruturaj Gaikwad
  • Shubman Gill
  • Virat Kohli
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal
  • Ishan Kishan (wk)
  • KS Bharat (wk)

The selection of batters poses a significant challenge for the BCCI. The most pressing question is whether Cheteshwar Pujara will be persisted with, despite his recent ordinary returns. Pujara's poor performance in the WTC final raises doubts about his inclusion, especially considering the upcoming series against a comparatively weaker West Indies side.

The BCCI may opt to introduce a young talent like Yashasvi Jaiswal, who could potentially bat at number 3. Additionally, Ajinkya Rahane's selection is likely due to his impressive performance in the WTC final, and Suryakumar Yadav might also find a place in the squad.

2. Wicket-keepers:

  • Ishan Kishan
  • KS Bharat

With KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant absent, Ishan Kishan and KS Bharat are expected to continue their roles as the wicket-keepers. The lack of alternatives in the domestic circuit leaves the BCCI with limited options, making Kishan and Bharat the best choices for Test cricket.

3. All-rounders:

  • Axar Patel
  • Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Ravindra Jadeja
  • Shardul Thakur

The quartet of Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Shardul Thakur, who were part of the WTC Final squad, are likely to retain their places as all-rounders. These players will showcase their skills on the challenging West Indies pitches. Notably, neither Axar nor Shardul was part of the Test squad during the previous West Indies tour.

4. Bowlers:

  • Jaydev Unadkat
  • Mohammed Shami
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Mukesh Kumar

The selection dilemma in the bowling department revolves around the relevance of Umesh Yadav in Test matches, considering his age and recent form. To plan for the future, it may be the right time for Team India to introduce Mukesh Kumar as Yadav's replacement. Apart from Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj are expected to lead the pace attack in the absence of the injured Jasprit Bumrah. Jaydev Unadkat is likely to feature as the third pacer when the situation demands.

Test Series Schedule:

India will face West Indies in a 2-match Test series scheduled as follows:

  • 1st Test: July 12-16 @ Dominica, 7:30 pm IST onwards
  • 2nd Test: July 20-24 @ Trinidad, 7:30 pm IST onwards

The predicted Test squad for the India vs West Indies 2023 series comprises a balanced mix of experienced players and emerging talents. While 12 players select themselves based on the current situation, decisions regarding the inclusion of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav, and Yashasvi Jaiswal remain debatable.

The series against West Indies will provide an opportunity for Team India to kickstart the new WTC cycle and set the tone for future success in Test cricket.

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