- Sinchan Saha | July 8, 2022 | 2:49 pm
BCCI declared the squad for the ODI series against West Indies with the likes of of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant being given a rest.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday declared the squad for the impending ODI series against West Indies. Some of the prominent names missing from the team are Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Jasprit Bumrah. Shikhar Dhawan has been named the captain of the side in absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma. The team declaration has ignited a heated discussion about the rejection of players like Sharma and Kohli, who as of now need game time to once more get into form.
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Meanwhile, BCCI sources have affirmed to news agency ANI that Sharma, Kohli, and Pant have been given rest for the ODI series against West Indies. The sources have said that the players are probably going to partake in the five-match T20I series against West Indies, which is planned to happen after the end of the ODI series.
Kohli, Pant, and Bumrah were not part of the first T20I against England on Thursday. They were given a break after the end of the one-off Test against the Three Lions.
Will Kohli be rested for T20Is against WI?
Kohli was offered a reprieve during the five-match T20I series against South Africa in June. He didn’t feature in any of the four T20I games that were played against the Proteas. Reports likewise suggest that Kohli had requested a break for the whole bilateral series against West Indies, including the T20Is. It isn’t yet affirmed whether Kohli will be offered a break for the T20I series against West Indies. Kohli will get back to the public T20I team for the remaining two games against England and will also play in the ODI series.
Kohli’s performance in the two T20Is against England is probably going to decide his position in the team for the two marquee occasions that are booked to happen later this year- Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. The BCCI will apparently announce the T20I team for the West Indies series on July 11.