Ajinkya Rahane has been made the vice-captain of the Test team. (PTI Photo)
New Delhi, Team India has been announced for the two-match Test series and 3-match ODI series to be held on the West Indies tour. Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, a strong team has been selected in both the formats. The big news is that Cheteshwar Pujara has been dropped from the Test team. Rituraj Gaikwad has got a chance in his place in the Test team. This batsman has also been selected in the ODI team. At the same time, Yashasvi Jaiswal, who was with Team India as a reserve opener in the World Test Championship final, has now joined the Test squad.
Although Rohit and company are looking strong but there are three major flaws in this team. Team management, selectors have made such mistakes which can harm Team India going forward. Let us tell you that these shortcomings remained in the selection of Team India.
First major mistake in the selection of Team India
Ajinkya Rahane has been made the vice-captain for the Test series against the West Indies. This decision of the selectors is really shocking because Rahane is 35 years old. At the same time, Captain Rohit Sharma has turned 36 years old. Seeing his age and fitness, it seems difficult that he will be able to handle the command of the team in the entire season of World Test Championship 2023-25. In such a situation, Indian selectors should have made such a player as vice-captain, whom they could have made Test captain in future. This name could have been Shubman Gill but the Indian selectors and team management went two steps back and made Rahane the vice-captain. The interesting thing is that Rahane himself had returned to the team in the World Test Championship final itself and now after one match this player has become the vice-captain.
Second big mistake in the selection of Team India
A flaw in the selection of Team India is also visible regarding fast bowling. Jaydev Unadkat has been selected as a left-arm bowler in the Indian team, who has done well with the red ball in domestic cricket. But he has also been given a place in the ODI team. Arshdeep Singh could have been improved here. Who is just 24 years old and has both pace and swing. By the way, if Arshdeep was also kept in the team along with Undakat, it would have been better because there are no left arm pacers in the ODI team and they may be needed in the World Cup. Both Unadkat and Arshdeep could have been tried on the West Indies tour.
The third major mistake in the selection of Team India
For the West Indies tour, Team India has selected three spinners in the form of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Akshar Patel. All these three are finger spinners. But a wrist spinner is also necessary in the Test team. Kuldeep Yadav was in the team in the Border-Gavaskar series before the final of the World Test series but now he is out of the team.
Indian Test Team – Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, KS Bharat, Ishan Kishan, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Akshar Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, Rituraj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ajinkya Rahane Rahane, Navdeep Saini
ODI Team – Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rituraj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mukesh Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Umran Malik , Jaydev Unadkat, Mohd. Siraj.