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India vs West Indies T20I, ODI Series 2019 Schedule and Squad Announced: Bhuvi, Shami returns, Samson dropped

The India vs West Indies 2019 limited-overs series to be played in December will be Team India’s final cricketing engagement this year. The BCCI announced the T20I and ODI squads for the upcoming limited-overs series starting December 6. The teams will play a three-match T20I series followed by a three-match ODI series. The T20I games will be played on December 6, 8 and 11. That will be followed by the three-match ODI with matches on December 15, 18 and 22. 

Meanwhile, there are plenty of changes in the two squads that have been announced. The BCCI has selected a young bunch of cricketers especially for the T20I series keeping in mind the World T20 in Australia next year.

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Both Bhuvi and Shami are back in the Indian ODI & T20I squad. (Photo Source: AP)

The biggest change is that Indian skipper Virat Kohli has made a comeback in the T20I squad after missing the series against Bangladesh. Rohit Sharma led the team in the series in his absence. Another big change in the squad are the comebacks of Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami. All of these three players were out of the T20I squad for some length of time, While Bhuvi and Kuldeep were nursing their respective injuries, Shami was dropped from the squad having played his last T20I almost two years ago in 2017. Seeing his rich vein of form in Test and ODI cricket, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has also been recalled in the side.

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The rest of the squad remain the same with the likes of Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant and Shivam Dube having retained their spots.

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Sanju Samson has been dropped without being given a game in the Bangladesh T20I series. (Photo Source: PTI)

 The surprising name among the players who have been dropped from the series is Sanju Samson. Included in the T20I squad for the Bangladesh series, he wasn’t given a single game. Rahul Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Krunal Pandya and Shardul Thakur are the other players who have been dropped. Jasprit Bumrah is also out of the squad as he is still suffering from a stress fracture. 

India’s ODI squad for the three-match series against West Indies also wears a different look from the last squad which played against South Africa at home. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami make a comeback in the ODI squad too. So does Kedar Jadhav after missing out the series against South Africa. Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja will share the spinning responsibilities. The batting line-up is similar to what it was against South Africa. Virat will lead the side with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant all retaining their places.

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Shivam Dube ha earned his maiden ODI call-up for India. (Photo Source:Getty Images)

Meanwhile, in Hardik Pandya’s absence from the team while he is recovering from a back surgery in London, the selectors have added Shivam Dube in the ODI squad. He will replace Hardik in the side as the selectors are willing to test him out in the ODI format too after giving him a break in T20Is. 

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni continues to remain absent from the Indian limited-overs side. He played his last match for India in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. Since then, he has missed the series against South Africa, Bangladesh and now West Indies as well. 

The three-match T20I series will begin from 06 December 2019, followed by a three-match ODI series.

India Vs West Indies Series 2019 Schedule:

T20Is Series Schedule:

  • 1st T20I is on December 6 (Friday) in Mumbai at 7 PM
  • 2nd T20I is on December 8 (Sunday) in Thiruvananthapuram at 7 PM
  • 3rd T20I is on December 11 (Wednesday) in Hyderabad at 7 PM

Odi Series Schedule:

  • 1st ODI is on December 15 (Sunday) in Chennai at 2 PM
  • 2nd ODI is on December 18 (Wednesday) in Visakhapatnam at 2 PM
  • 3rd ODI is on December 22 (Sunday) in Cuttack at 2 PM

India’s T20I Team for West Indies Series 2019

T20I Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain, Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

India’s ODI squad for West Indies Series 2019

ODI Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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