ESPNcricinfo has been informed that Kohli, Bumrah and Chahal are rested, and Kohli, who suffered a “mild groin injury” in England, remains in the team management’s plans for the T20 World Cup later this year despite his meager form.
Offspinner R Ashwin, who has not played in India’s T20I side since the home series against New Zealand last November, has made a comeback to bolster a spinning division with Kuldeep Yadav (fitness dependent), Ravi Bishnoi , Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant, who are equipped from the ODI leg, will play the T20Is.
Umran Malik, the rookie who quickly ripped away, found no place in the squad, with the selectors picking left arm sailor Arshdeep Singh in the seam bowling division, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel.
Malik made his T20I debut in Ireland and was also part of the recently concluded T20I series in England, which India won 2-1. In his lone appearance at Nottingham, Malik went 1 to 56 on his four overs. Arshdeep, meanwhile, took 2 for 18 in an impressive debut in the opening T20I, as he harassed the English openers with swing.
“I don’t know who the experts are,” Rohit had said last week. “I don’t even understand why they’re called experts. They’re looking at it from the outside, they don’t know what’s going on inside. We’re building a team. There’s a lot of deliberation behind the thinking behind it. Boys are supported. Boys are given opportunities “People outside don’t know all these things. It doesn’t matter what happens outside.”
Ishan Kishan has been chosen as reserve opener and second wicket-keeper for the West Indian T20Is, should Rahul fall back into the XI. Rahul is currently with the NCA in Bengaluru and returned from surgery for a sports hernia in Germany at the end of June.
He has been out since early June when the illness flared up before the start of the home series against South Africa. Initially diagnosed as having a groin injury, Rahul was withdrawn from the squads for the England tour. Before that, he had led the new franchise Lucknow Super Giants to the IPL 2022 playoffs. He finished the season as the second highest point scorer
with 616 runs in 15 innings with an average of 51.33 and a batting rate of 135.38.
Deepak Hooda, who made his twentieth century debut in Ireland in June, has been preserved in Kohli’s absence, as have Dinesh Karthik, Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav.
India kicks off their Caribbean tour with an ODI series, in which they will be captained by Shikhar Dhawan in the absence of the senior players. The five T20Is will begin in Tarouba on July 29, followed by games August 1 and 2 in St Kitts, before the series moves to Florida in the US for the final two games on August 6 and 7.
India’s selection for the five T20Is: Rohit Sharma (capt), Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul*, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav*, Kumarv , Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
*The inclusion of KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav is subject to fitness.