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BCCI announced India Test and ODI Squads for WI Tour: Yashasvi, Mukesh got their maiden call-ups

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced India's Test and ODI squads for their upcoming tour to the West Indies, which will include young players Yashasvi and Mukesh getting their maiden call-ups. Get all the details here.

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BCCI annonced Test and ODI Squad of India for WI Tour

Today, on Friday June 23rd, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the Test and ODI squads for India's upcoming tour of the West Indies. The selection committee has made significant changes, such as leaving out experienced players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Umesh Yadav from the Test team. Let's examine the squads and understand the rationale behind these choices.

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Test Squad Changes 
Cheteshwar Pujara, who has struggled to regain his form since his return to the Test side a year ago, has been left out of the squad. Pujara's inconsistent performances and declining returns were key factors in this decision. Similarly, Umesh Yadav's disappointing display in the World Test Championship final against Australia contributed to his exclusion. Taking their places are young batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal and pacer Mukesh Kumar, who have earned their first Test call-ups. Jaiswal's impressive showing in the IPL 2023, where he scored 625 runs at a strike rate of 163, caught the attention of the selectors. Furthermore, his remarkable record in first-class cricket with an average of 80.21 in 15 matches and 9 centuries made him a strong contender for the Test squad. Navdeep Saini, who had been out of the picture for some time, has also made a comeback to the Test side. He will provide valuable support to the pace bowling attack.

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Vice-Captaincy and Squad Composition 

Ajinkya Rahane, who played a crucial role in India's performance in the World Test Championship final, has been appointed as the vice-captain of the Test side. Rahane's resilient knock of 89 runs in the first innings of the final highlighted his leadership abilities and determination. The Test squad consists of Rohit Sharma as the captain, along with Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat, and Ishan Kishan as wicket-keepers. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Jaydev Unadkat, and Navdeep Saini complete the squad.

ODI Squad Selection 
Suryakumar Yadav has been given an opportunity in the ODI squad as Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant are unavailable. Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan will handle the wicket-keeping duties. Mohammed Siraj will lead the pace attack, supported by Shardul Thakur and Jaydev Unadkat. Umran Malik and Mukesh Kumar have also made a comeback to the ODI squad. Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, and Ravindra Jadeja form a strong spin department due to their consistent performances.

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Schedule and Future Announcements 

The upcoming Test series between India and the West Indies will kick off on July 12th at Windsor Park in Dominica. It will consist of two matches. Following that, the ODI series, which includes three matches, will start on July 27th in Barbados. It's worth mentioning that the squad for the T20Is is still to be revealed. Cricket fans and enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the announcement to find out which players will be chosen to represent India in the shortest format of the game.

                                                     India's Tour of West Indies 2023
  Date   Match   Venue   Time
  July 12 - 16   1st Test   Windsor Park, Dominica   07.30 PM IST
  July 20-24   2nd Test   Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad   07.30 PM IST
  July 27   1st ODI   Kensington Oval, Barbados   07.00 PM IST
  Jul 29   2nd ODI   Kensington Oval, Barbados   07.00 PM IST
  Aug 01   3rd ODI   Brian Lara Cricket Academy, Trinidad   07.00 PM IST
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India’s Test squad:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, Navdeep Saini.

India’s ODI squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar.

Conclusion 
The BCCI's announcement regarding India's Test and ODI squads for the West Indies tour has brought about some surprises and notable changes. The decision to exclude Cheteshwar Pujara and Umesh Yadav from the Test side signifies the selectors' intention to bring in fresh talent and enhance the team's performance. On the other hand, the inclusion of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mukesh Kumar, and Navdeep Saini, along with the appointment of Ajinkya Rahane as vice-captain, brings added depth and versatility to the squad. With the tour approaching, fans are eagerly anticipating the performances of these young talents and the overall success of the Indian team. The Test and ODI series against the West Indies present an excellent opportunity for these new faces to showcase their skills and contribute to India's triumph on the international stage.

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