Navdeep Saini to Shreyas Iyer, a have a look at recent faces in Team India and what lies forward

The roadmap is right here, apparently.

The squad announcement for India’s cross-format tour to West Indies in August set in movement the subsequent four-year cycle in Indian cricket — one which is able to culminate of their bid for world domination at house on the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.

File picture of Navdeep Saini. Image Courtesy: SportzPics

Contrary to expectation, the Indian core can be making the journey to the Caribbean, with Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya the one common members rested (apart from MS Dhoni, who had earlier sought a two-month exemption from the BCCI).

Still, the squads — limited-overs, specifically — see a heady dose of ‘recent’ faces, from absolute newcomers to these making a comeback after an extended spell out of the group.

Here’s a lowdown on six such gamers within the Indian setup for the West Indian tour, comprising three T20Is, three ODIs, and two Tests.

Navdeep Saini

One of two members to have been awarded a maiden spot in any worldwide squad, though he’s already clocked a good quantity of miles with Team India, Saini was a part of the travelling contingent for each recently-concluded World Cup in England in addition to the South Africa tour in 2018, serving — and impressing — as a internet bowler on each events.

The 26-year-old, who hails from Karnal in Haryana, has caught a number of eyes on the home circuit and been the speak of the city for a minimum of a few years now, thanks in no small half to his speedometer. Over the final home season, Saini persistently clocked 145 kmph — and went as excessive up as 152 kmph.

While he didn’t fairly take full benefit of ‘A’ excursions to England and New Zealand up to now yr (13 wickets in seven video games throughout codecs at a mean touching 50), the right-arm pacer did make himself seen to the broader viewers by means of a penetrative IPL 2019 marketing campaign, the place he was simply among the many higher bowlers within the Royal Challengers Bangalore setup.

With Jasprit Bumrah rested, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami each having been picked regardless of a burdening current calendar, Saini could be relaxation assured of a maiden India cap, be it within the T20Is or the ODIs (if not each).

Rahul Chahar

The second of the rank ‘newbies’, and provided that he doesn’t maintain the travelling expertise that Saini does from the current previous, nobody within the Indian camp will arrive in West Indies extra buzzing than Rahul Chahar.

The youthful of the Chahar cousins will rejoice his 20th birthday the weekend the tour-opening T20Is kicks off, and whereas it stays to be seen whether or not he will get a straight look-in into the XI within the presence of Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, the leggie’s yr to date gives sufficient purpose for him to be optimistic.

Rahul repaid the religion of the Mumbai Indians’ think-tank with 13 wickets in as many video games throughout IPL 2019 at a measly financial system price of 6.55 — with significantly spectacular returns within the playoffs — the place two outings in opposition to the Chennai Super Kings noticed him emerge with mixed figures of 8-0-28-3.

He seems to be going from energy to energy; the IPL success was adopted by a wealthy haul of 14 wickets in two unofficial ‘Tests’ in opposition to Sri Lanka ‘A’, and the 19-year-old has additionally picked up two wickets apiece in every of his three appearances within the one-dayers within the Caribbean in opposition to West Indies ‘A’.

Deepak Chahar

While the Pandya brothers have been break up up within the T20I squad owing to Hardik being rested, the Chahars will get to be within the Indian dressing room collectively for the primary time.

Big brother Deepak, who turns 27 in August, has been right here earlier than, though he hasn’t capitalised on his openings as but.

The right-armer’s new-ball finesse for CSK has been a brilliant function for the final two editions of the IPL — a mixture of measured traces and wily swing has seen him choose 32 wickets over the course of IPL 2018 and 2019, whereas going at simply 7.40 per over.

The 2018 season led to his maiden India call-up, for the T20I leg of the tour to England, however in his sole look, Deepak conceded 1/43 in 4 overs. His solely ODI to date, in opposition to Afghanistan throughout final yr’s Asia Cup, additionally noticed him leak 1/37 from 4 overs.

In the presence of Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak is prone to don the position of reserve pacer for the T20Is.

Shreyas Iyer

At quantity 4 on this listing — and boy isn’t that quantity the speak of the city with regards to Indian cricket! — is Shreyas Iyer, who’s broadly anticipated to be given an opportunity to make India’s most controversial place in limited-overs cricket his personal.

While he’s solely performed six ODIs, and batted 5 instances, a mean of 42 from these appearances — which included flowing and focussed efforts in opposition to Sri Lanka at house and South African away — beg the query as to why he went out of the combo within the yr operating into the World Cup, and in a revealing interview final yr, Iyer had additionally opened up on the frustration of not being within the fold.

The sheer weight of his run-scoring, nonetheless, have introduced the 24-year-old again into rivalry; 5 years since his home debut, Iyer averages a exceptional 52.18 in first-class cricket and a laudable 42.93 in List-A video games.

He did himself some credit score in IPL 2019, too; 463 runs from 16 innings is a commendable return from any perspective, however what absolutely would have been seen by the selectors was the maturity to his run-making. A shot-maker, Iyer curbed his pure intuition within the presence of different dashing top-order batsmen to play the extra modest position of anchor. The Indian ODI setup is in the hunt for one thing fairly related.

Manish Pandey

Iyer’s challenger to that spot would be the extra seasoned Manish Pandey — though there’s sufficient of an argument to area each the expert batsmen within the center order, behind the acclaimed top-Three of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli.

Like Iyer, Pandey too has prior expertise of reveling in nationwide colors, having hit an unbeaten hundred to shepherd a profitable Indian run-chase of 331 in opposition to Australia at Sydney in what was solely his third ODI innings.

Instead of kicking on from there although, Pandey veered to the irritating ebbs of inconsistency; 15 subsequent ODI knocks have seen him cross 25 on solely 5 events, and contact 50 simply as soon as.

The Karnataka batting mainstay, now brushing the age of 30, did seem to show a nook within the second half of IPL 2019 — after making 54 runs in his first 5 innings for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season, Pandey amassed 290 from his final six outings to complete with 344 runs at a wholesome common of 43 and a busy strike price above 130.

Washington Sundar

He’s nonetheless in his teenagers, however the incredibly-named Washington Sundar has already seen some ebbs and flows to life within the cricketing lanes.

He made his IPL debut earlier than hitting maturity, however received hearts and eyeballs as he saved a agency lid on the scoring after being given new-ball duties for Rising Pune Supergiant; in two subsequent seasons, the off-break bowler has seen his financial system price go from 6.16 to 9.17, and his common climb from low-20s to low-30s.

His T20I report, nonetheless, leaves no room for complaints: Sundar has scalped 10 wickets in seven appearances, whereas conceding barely a-run-a-ball, and was the Player of the Tournament in India’s triumph on the Nidahas Trophy (higher remembered for Dinesh Karthik’s heroics within the remaining).

The problem for the 19-year-old is the presence of two extra completed spin-bowling all-rounders in Krunal Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja, however you’ll count on Sundar to nonetheless get a minimum of one recreation out of the three T20Is. Can he seize his probability?

That query although could be requested of every of the six names on this listing — can they stake their claims as India set one eye on the long run after their semi-final exit on the 2019 World Cup? No one’s trying that far forward, in fact, as a result of 4 years is an extended, very long time in cricket as in life.

But whereas Sundar, Pandey, Iyer, the Chahars and Saini will all be rearing to make their mark, they will even relaxation their hopes on one exterior issue — the rope accorded to them by the group administration and selectors.

They could or could not benefit from the alternatives they might or could not get whereas within the Caribbean, but when there’s one factor one needs Indian cricket to have realized by means of the diabolical ‘number four hunt’ of the final 4 years, it’s the vitality of consistency —not simply when it comes to a person’s efficiency, but in addition when it comes to a group’s decision-making.

Remember the rope that was given to Rohit Sharma? Turned out to be one of many best long-term investments, didn’t he? The time is ripe to begin contemplating blue-chip investments for the long run.


Published Date: July 22, 2019

| Updated Date: July 22, 2019


Updated Date: Jul 22, 2019 11:15:49 IST