The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be announcing the squads for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against West Indies on Thursday, November 21, scheduled to be held in December 2019. India opener Rohit Sharma might be rested for either of the formats. If all goes well, he is likely to be rested for ODIs.
The BCCI’s selection panel is set to meet in Mumbai and discuss the possibilities of resting Sharma who has played around 60 continuous matches in 2019. These include the games of the India Premier League 2019. The brain behind resting Sharma is to give him time so that he could remain fit for the upcoming New Zealand tour in 2020. Chief selector MSK Prasad, who is set to complete his four tenure, will be chairing his last meeting of the selection committee.
The panel is expected to discuss the form of opener Shikhar Dhawan. He has been out of the form after returning to the team, following his thumb injury in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. In the recent T20I series against Bangladesh, he scored 91 runs with the highest of 41. These runs came off 85 balls. In the ongoing National T20 Championship, the left-handed batsman scored 63 runs in the four matches. In a match against Jammu and Kashmir, Dhawan failed to open his account.
Meanwhile, India are set to play their first-ever day-night Test against Bangladesh, starting from November 22. The pink-ball game will be played at the iconic Eden Gardens. The high-profile Indian and Bangladesh personalities are expected to witness the match including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Virat Kohli-led team is leading the two-match series 1-0. India defeated the visitors by an innings and 130 runs in the first match. Mayank Agarwal was adjudged man of the match for his double-hundred. It was his second 200-plus and it came just weeks after scoring his maiden double-hundred against South Africa.