After a disappointing loss in the second edition of the World Test Championship 2021-23 final to Australia, Team India will be starting the WTC 2023-25 edition with the WI tour (India’s WI tour). The coming match Test series will be starting from July 12. It will further end on July 24.
The BCCI has announced the squad for the upcoming Test series, and witnessing the performances of the final lately there are a lot of changes that the BCCI has made.
Here are some highlights of the India’s WI tour:
Highlights of Indian squad for India’s WI Tour
- Ruturaj Gaikwad is included for the Test and ODI team.
- Yashasvi Jaiswal is included in the Test side.
- Cheteshwar Pujara dropped from the Test side because of his non-performance.
- Sanju Samson comes back to the ODI team.
- Mukesh Kumar is included in the Test and ODI team.
- Ajinkya Rahane is now re-appointed as the vice-captain in the test.
India’s Test squad announced:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Mukesh Kumar, Mohd. Siraj, Jaydev Unadkat and Navdeep Saini
India’s ODI squad announced:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Jaydev Unadkat, Umran Malik and Mukesh Kumar
Ajinkya Rahane, Shubman Gill, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Surya kumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Yashasvi Jaiswal
Team India have been patient with Pujara till the last WTC cycle but for now Cheteshwar Pujara has been dropped out of the announced squad. He was expected to lead the World Test Championship batting part as he has an abundance of experience in the field of County championship which was before the WTC final. But to the disappointment, he failed in both of the innings. Cheteshwar Pujara is considered hard to make comeback any time soon.
Young sensations like Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad did well in the IPL 2023 season. Jaiswal made fastest IPL half century this season for the team Rajasthan Royals with his personal total of 625 runs. Whereas Ruturaj Gaikwad did well with the batting for the current and 5 times champions Chennai Suer Kings. Gaikwad made 590 runs till the end of IPL 2023 season.
Comeback man Ajinkya Rahane is now appointed as the vice captain for India’s WI tour. He handled up the WTC final part well lately.
Ishan Kishan and KS Bharat
The absence of players like KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant automatically gives Ishan Kishan and KS Bharat the duty to handle up the wicketkeeping part. KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant both are recovering from their respective injuries. There is no other option available in the our domestic circuit that can replace them. So, calling it a lack of alternatives Ishan Kishan and KS Bharat are the best players for now who can handle Test cricket.
Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja Ravichandran Ashwin and Shardul Thakur
Coming to the all-rounders of Team India the same names of Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Shardul Thakur will be followed. All of them were a part of the WTC Final. They can now display their skills on wickets of West Indies tour. Previously in West Indies tour Axar and Shardul were not a part of the Test squad.
Jaydev Unadkat, Mohammed Siraj and Mukesh Kumar
Coming to the bowlers now, Team India is now getting in Mukesh Kumar as the replacement of player Umesh Yadav who is already 35 is not getting better at the game.
Apart from him, other pacers will be there as the prime pacers for the Team India. While Mohammed Siraj will be leading with the pace duties in the core absence of injured player Jasprit Bumrah. Jaydev Unadkat will be playing as an another important pacer.
Mohammed Shami is given complete rest now after his 3 month back to back hectic competitive events.
Viacom18 has acquired the digital rights for India’s WI tour
In terms of event’s broadcasting rights, Viacom18 has taken the digital rights for the tour and also the matches will stream on Jio Cinema for free. Viacom18 has also been there as the digital platform for this year’s IPL 2023.
Additionally, Dream Sports has been currently negotiating for ctacking a deal with national broadcaster Prasar Bharati for acquiring the linear rights. DD Sports will be continuing to broadcast this tour on television, with maintaining up the arrangement made between the parties last year.
As fans eagerly await the upcoming tour of India in West Indies, Viacom 18 will finally be looking after it from July 12, 2023.