India Tours West Indies: Winds of change in Team India; Seniors will get coconuts in West Indies tour leader

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New Delhi; News Agency: Winds of change seem to be blowing in the Indian team after the Test Championship final. Some old players will be given coconuts and new players will be taken into the team. 80 percent of the Test squad is likely to be changed in the upcoming West Indies tour. (India Tours West Indies)

The Indian team was defeated by Australia in the final of the World Test Championship and immediately BCCI announced the schedule of the West Indies tour of Team India. With this, the new Test Championship season of Team India will begin. India’s West Indies tour will be held from July 12 to August 13. There will be 2 Tests, 3 ODIs and 5 T20 matches. The Big Four of the Indian team i.e. captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane can be left out. At least two of them will be shown the way out. If this happens, 80 percent of the final team India will change. India has a lot of talented players. Everyone is waiting to get a place in the Indian team. (India Tours West Indies)

Young players like Sarfraz Khan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mukesh Kumar, Abhimanyu Iswaran, Jitesh Sharma, Priyank Panchal, Baba Indrajit are likely to get a chance in West Indies tour. Along with it, Hanuma Vihari can also get a place. A few players are currently out of the squad due to injuries, including Rishabh Pant, K.L. Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer will also be considered on fitness.

Indian wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik said, ‘Players who are 30 or above in the team can be considered for inclusion. Coach Rahul Dravid will have to take this decision. Some young players have done brilliantly. Yashasvi, Sarfraz and Mukesh Kumar’s names are in the forefront.’ (India Tours West Indies)

There will also be changes in the limited overs team

After losing to Australia in the World Test Championship, now the Indian team is preparing for the upcoming ODI World Cup and T20 World Cup next year. So now India’s limited overs team will also see changes. It should not be surprising if the Indian team looks completely changed after the ODI World Cup in India in October-November. BCCI has moved in that direction by entrusting the leadership of the T20 team on the shoulders of Hardik Pandya.

In the 2021 T20 World Cup, India had to bow out in the Super 12 stage, while in 2022, they lost to England in the semi-finals. After that, the leadership of India’s T20 team has been entrusted to Hardik Pandya. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been kept away from this format. The same picture will be seen on the upcoming West Indies tour as well. According to a report by PTI, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Rituraj Gaikwad and Yashasvi Jaiswal are likely to get a chance for the T20 series on the West Indies tour. All of them have won the IPL 2023 tournament.

While playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, Rinku scored 474 runs at a strike rate of 149.52. Jitesh has scored 309 runs at a strike rate of 156.06 for Punjab Kings. Rituraj has also scored the highest 625 runs for CSK while performing consistently. He has scored five fifties and 1 century. Yashasvi Jaiswal of Rajasthan Royals has also dominated this year’s IPL.

Support staff also on target

After the humiliating defeat in the final of the World Test Championship, the BCCI is now in action mode. The Windies tour will not only see major changes in the players, but also the support staff will get a warning.

There are indications that the BCCI has issued a warning to the support staff members of the Indian cricket team after the failure in the ICC tournaments. This includes batting coach Vikram Rathod and bowling coach Paras Mhambre. While head coach Rahul Dravid’s position is not under threat till the 2023 ODI World Cup, the BCCI may ax him after the tournament, say sources. There is no situation at present that all of them will be expelled; But the BCCI has held talks with Rathore and Mhambre with the upcoming ODI World Cup in mind. The World Cup is still 4 months away.

Under the guidance of batting coach Vikram Rathod, the leading batsmen of Team India are seen to fail. Mhambre came in as the bowling coach after Bharat Arun resigned. Under his guidance, the bowlers did some good performances. It also added to the injury season during his tenure.

Indian Team Support Staff:

  • Head Coach: Rahul Dravid
  • Batting Coach: Vikram Rathore
  • Bowling Coach : Paras Mhambre
  • Fielding Coach : T Dilip

‘It’s not that simple. We cannot say that the performance of all of them is bad. We have won in India. Reaching the final of the World Test Championship is not an easy feat. But, the performance abroad has not been satisfactory. The World Cup is four months away and there is no room for mistakes. For that, discussions will be held with all of them, BCCI sources told Inside Sports.

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