India Makes Surprising Team Changes for Second ODI Against West Indies
BARBADOS – In a surprising turn of events, India’s XI for the second ODI against the West Indies revealed the absence of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the team’s senior players. Taking charge as captain in place of Rohit, Hardik Pandya led the team, while Axar Patel joined as a substitute. Another notable addition to the team was Malayali player Sanju Samson, who replaced Kohli.
The first ODI saw Rohit batting at number seven, while Kohli didn’t even get a chance to bat. The decision to rest the experienced duo was part of the team’s strategy to provide opportunities to young players. Despite concerns over possible injuries, Captain Hardik Pandya dismissed any worries during the toss. He clarified the situation, stating, “Rohit and Kohli have been consistently playing cricket. We are looking for answers to certain questions, which is why we decided to rest them today. They will be back for the third ODI.”
The West Indies captain, Shai Hope, won the toss and elected to bowl at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown. The Windies also made two changes to their lineup, bringing in Alsari Joseph and Keezy Carty while excluding Dominic Drax and Rovman Powell.
Indian Playing XI:
- Ishan Kishan
- Shubman Gill
- Sanju Samson
- Hardik Pandya (captain)
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Ravindra Jadeja
- Axar Patel
- Shardul Thakur
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Umran Malik
- Mukesh Kumar
Windies Playing XI:
- Shai Hope (wicketkeeper, captain)
- Kyle Meyers
- Brandon King
- Elik Athanse
- Shimron Hetmyer
- Kesey Carty
- Romario Shepherd
- Yannick Kariya
- Alsari Joseph
- Jayden Seals
- Gudkesh Motey
Barbados: There was a big surprise when India’s XI for the second ODI against the West Indies came out. India started without Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as senior players. Hardik Pandya will lead India in place of Rohit. Axar Patel joined the team as a substitute. Malayali player Sanju Samson is also in the team in place of Kohli.
In the first ODI, Rohit was batting at number seven. Kohli didn’t even come out to bat. Both left as part of giving opportunities to young players. This time also the reason is nothing else. Fans were worried about the injury, but captain Hardik Pandya clarified the matter after the toss. As Pandya said… “Rohit and Kohli are playing cricket consistently. Some questions need to be answered. That’s why they rested today. They will be back for the third ODI,” Pandya said.
West Indies captain Shai Hope elected to bowl after winning the match at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown. Windies made two changes. Alsari Joseph and Keezy Carty joined the team. Dominic Drax and Rovman Powell are out.
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Indian Playing XI: Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik, Mukesh Kumar.
Windies Playing XI: Shai Hope (wicketkeeper, captain), Kyle Meyers, Brandon King, Elik Athanse, Shimron Hetmyer, Kesey Carty, Romario Shepherd, Yannick Kariya, Alsari Joseph, Jayden Seals, Gudkesh Motey.
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