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Shubman Gill or Manish Pandey - who will be India's No 4 in West Indies?

With Dhoni making himself not available for selection for two months, Rishabh Pant is expected to be first wicketkeeper choice in all three formats

Anish Kumar  |  New Delhi 

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Shubman Gill. Photo: Twitter

The Indian national selectors will meet on Sunday to select India’s squad for West Indies tour, This the first tour after Indian cricket team’s exit in the semi-final of ICC cricket world cup 2019. It is believed that the selection committee chaired by MSK Prasad will look to chalk out a plan for the future, but they would also like to get a sense of where the Indian captain stands on this issue. With Dhoni making himself unavailable for selection for two months, is expected to be first wicketkeeper choice in all three formats while Wriddhiman Saha will be Pant's understudy in the Tests.

Selectors look to fix India’s number 4 conundrum

The widely debated India’s number 4 spot is up for grabs and it will be interesting to see who will get a chance to represent Team India. The top contenders for that position would be Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer with some impressive knocks during India A tour of West Indies. All three of them had their fair share of representation in Team India since 2017 on various occasions.

During India A tour of West Indies, went on to score a magnificent century in the third unofficial One Day International (ODI) match. On the other hand, Shubman Gill has looked impressive through out the series with two scratchy half-centuries. He was not part of the fourth unofficial ODI, which India A lost by 5 runs. Shreyas Iyer too impressed in patches but didn't score big barring 77 runs in the first unofficial ODI. His scores in the three matches that he played were 77, 27 and 47 respectively.

Here is full schedule of India tour of West Indies:

T20I series
Date Match Venue Time (IST)
3-Aug Windies vs India Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida 8:00 PM
4-Aug Windies vs India Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida 8:00 PM
6-Aug Windies vs India Providence Stadium, Guyana 8:00 PM
ODI series
Date Match Venue Time (IST)
8-Aug First ODI Providence Stadium, Guyana 7:00 PM
11-Aug Second ODI Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 7:00 PM
14-Aug Third ODI Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad 7:00 PM
Test Series
Date Match Venue Time (IST)
Aug 22-26 First Test Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua 7:00 PM
Aug 30-Sep 3 Second Test Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica 8:00 PM

First Published: Sat, July 20 2019. 14:49 IST