Khaleel, Krunal on verge of T20I debut
India have announced the short-listed 12 members list for the first T20I game against Windies to be played in Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Windies tour of India has come to its final stage since only three matches are remaining in the tour which will be the shortest format of the game. The opener of the T20I series will be played in Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 4th November.
Ahead of the T20I series, BCCI has announced the 12-man squad for the first T20I game. As Virat Kohli is rested, Rohit Sharma will lead the team with his deputy Shikhar Dhawan. Rishab Pant will do the proceedings behind the stumps since MS Dhoni is axed from the squad.
Krunal Pandya and Khaleel Ahmed are named in the list and they have more possible chances of receiving their maiden T20I caps for India. Khaleel Ahmed was impressive in the last two ODIs and he will be the third seamer.
Krunal Pandya also has more chances since only six bowling options are available in the announced squad including him. On the batting side Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, and KL Rahul may fight for two places in the playing XI.
In the opponent camps, some of Windies star players like Kieron Pollard and Andre Rusell are returning to the team which will be a boost for them.
India 12-man squad:
Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Manish Pandey, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 3, 2018