Team India is set to face West Indies in the limited-overs series, beginning from February 6. Rohit Sharma is set to lead the team in both formats and he will be hoping to make a winning start as the new skipper. However, Team India received a big blow when 3 Indian players – Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer – tested positive for COVID-19.
BCCI added Mayank Agarwal and Ishan Kishan in the ODI squad and the latter is likely to open the innings with Rohit Sharma. India will be missing the services of Axar Pate, who also tested positive for COVID-19 and didn’t join the squad in Ahmedabad.
Meanwhile, Deepak Hooda is likely to make his ODI debut as Team India need a player in the middle-order, who can contribute with the ball as well. Hooda has been part of the Indian squad on two previous occasions but has never made his debut.
Apart from Hooda, fans might also see the return of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. The duo, who is popularly called ‘Kulcha’ ruled together in the past but were separated after Kuldeep’s poor performances in the games.
Team India’s Probable Playing XI for 1st ODI
Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav.