With most of the seniors out of the West Indies tour, the selected youngsters have the chance to cash in on the opportunity. But making it to the team in place of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir, is no mean task. So we take a quick look at the credentials of those youngsters who have got the nod ahead of the rest.
Is his name in this list surprising? Well, he's not here for making it to the ODI team. Given his form and performance in the last one year, that's obvious. In the last one year, Virat scored 1470 runs in 39 ODIs with the help of 4 centuries. In the recently concluded World Cup and IPL, Virat only reinforced the fact that he has the temperament to graduate to the next level. He's here for making it to the Test squad. Just the right motivation and opportunity for the Delhi batsman.
He looked promising from the word 'Go' and has only manifested his talent with good performances. So far he has played 9 ODIs for India picking 18 wickets. Even his first-class record speaks volumes about his talent. In 34 matches, he has taken 134 wickets. In the recently concluded IPL, Ashwin was among the top-five bowlers. Playing for Chennai, he picked 20 wickets in 16 matches.
He's undoubtedly one of the best talents we have today, but he's not really lived up to his potential. He last represented India in January this year against South Africa, where he scored just 49 runs in 5 ODIs. Having missed the World Cup already, it's one opportunity that Rohit should grab with both hands.
He has been missed in the last three months like anything. Being out of the Indian team and the World Cup due to an injury, Praveen is long due for some swinging spells. In the absence of Zaheer Khan, this Meerut pacer will be expected to spearhead the pace attack. He has played 48 ODIs for India and picked 57 wickets.
Shikhar Dhawan's only stint for the Indian team was against Australia in October last year but that wasn't a memorable debut. This Delhi lad has the talent and he has proved it in the first-class cricket. In 61 matches, he has scored 4110 runs. In the recently concluded IPL, he was the top most scorer for the Deccan Chargers with 400 runs.
Another Tamil Nadu player makes it to the list. Although he has represented India in 2 Tests and 3 ODIs, he failed to make much impression. However, riding on his domestic performance, he made the cut. In 97 first-class matches, he has scored 7478 runs with the help of 27 centuries and 32 fifties.
This Karnataka pacer caught everyone's imagination with his bowling in the Indian Premier League while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 46 IPL matches, Vinay picked 42 wickets. His first-class records are equally impressive. In 62 matches, he has taken 229 wickets. And though he had made his debut for India last year while playing against Australia, he took just 2 wickets in 2 ODIs.
The West Bengal player had got a chance to represent India against Australia in 2008. But he failed to grab the opportunity. Having played just one ODI was no parameter to get back in to the side but this Bengal played has made his way back into the side riding on his performance in the domestic circuit and his talent. He is no match to a player like Yuvraj Singh or Gautam Gambhir, Tiwary, nevertheless, has the potential to chip in with the bat in the middle overs and also add some agility in the inner circle.
This 21-year-old Tamil Nadu batsman, if makes his debut, is likely to open the innings with Murali Vijay, who also play for Tamil Nadu, in the absence of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. Mukund has scored 3446 runs in 40 first-class matches with the help of 13 centuries. He also has a triple ton to his credit.
The wicketkeeper-batsman has clearly been picked as a reserve keeper with Parthiv Patel being the first preference in the absence of MS Dhoni. In the IPL 4, Saha got to play only three matches for Chennai. His only chance of playing in the Caribbean depends on, God forbid, injury to a player.