IND vs WI: West Indies recall star batter Shimron Hetmyer for ODI series against India

IND vs WI: West Indies recall star batter Shimron Hetmyer for ODI series against India

IND vs WI: On Monday, Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced the inclusion of star batter Shimron Hetmyer in their 15-member squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against India, set to commence on Thursday at Kensington Oval. Hetmyer makes his comeback to the West Indies side after nearly a year, having impressed with his performances in the Indian Premier League for the Rajasthan Royals, scoring a total of 299 runs in 13 innings. The left-hander’s last appearance in an ODI for the Caribbean team was against Australia in July 2021, making it two years since his previous 50-over match.

The squad selection was made following a four-day camp at Kensington Oval, where the white-ball players were prepared for the upcoming ODI series against India and the subsequent five-match T20I series.

In addition to Hetmyer, the selectors also recalled left-handed batter Oshane Thomas, and included Jayden Seales and Yannic Cariah, who have successfully recovered from surgery, and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie, who has regained fitness after an injury.

IND vs WI: West Indies recall star batter Shimron Hetmyer for ODI series against India

The first two matches of the three-match ODI series will hosted at Kensington Oval on Thursday and Saturday, with the final ODI taking place at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad on August 1.

Desmond Haynes, the chief selector and West Indies cricketing legend, expressed anticipation for the ODI series against India and expressed confidence in Hetmyer and Thomas’s performances. He believes that Thomas’s pace and ability to take wickets with the new ball, along with Hetmyer’s batting style, especially in the middle overs and as a potential ‘finisher,’ will significantly contribute to the team’s success.

Notably, regular players Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder will be unavailable for the series. Meanwhile, Shai Hope appointed as the captain for the three matches.

West Indies missed out on qualifying for the ODI World Cup this year after finishing outside the top two positions in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament held in Zimbabwe.

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