On the eve of the first ODI, India’s captain Rohit Sharma confirmed that Ishan Kishan will open the innings with him. This comes after opening batter Shikhar Dhawan was found Covid positive few days ago. Mayank Agarwal, the other opening batter, is still undergoing his mandatory quarantine. And now, Tamil Nadu batter Sharukh Khan has been added to India’s main squad for the ODI series vs West Indies. Sharukh was originally picked as a reserve player for the T20I series against West Indies. Shahrukh has been Tamil Nadu’s designated finisher over the past three white-ball seasons.
Rohit Sharma confirms Ishan Kishan as Team India’s opener for 1st ODI
Even before the BCCI announced the addition of Ishan to the Team India squad for the first one-day, skipper Rohit confirmed at a virtual press conference that the left-hander will open on Sunday. Explaining the situation in the COVID-hit Indian camp, the captain said:
“Ishan is the only option that we have and he will open. Mayank was added in the squad but he is still in isolation because he came late. We have some rules in place where if a player is traveling and coming we have to put them into quarantine. He has still not finished his quarantine, so Ishan will open the innings tomorrow.”Rohit Sharma
India suffered a blow ahead of the ODI series as Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Ruturaj Gaikwad tested positive for COVID-19. Releasing an official statement, the BCCI revealed that Ishan and Shahrukh have been added to the Team India squad for the first ODI against West Indies. 26 year old Sharukh has been in scintillating for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket. And he got the rewards for his performance. Sharukh Khan has been added to India’s squad for the ODI series vs West Indies. Shahrukh also had an impressive Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22. He hammered 253 runs in eight matches at an average of 42.16 and a spectacular strike rate of 186.02.
Updated squad for the 1st ODI:
Rohit Sharma (captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohd. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Ishan Kishan, Shahrukh Khan.