Cricket returns home! The dawn of a new era will set in as Rohit Sharma saunters onto the field, leading an energised and determined Team India as they face West Indies in 3 One-Day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals with the first ODI beginning February 6th, 2022, LIVE & Exclusive on the Star Sports Network. Under the tutelage of coach Rahul Dravid and the new captain Rohit Sharma #NayaCaptainRohit, the future of Indian cricket looks exciting, as the Men in Blue begin their journey to the ICC main events. Rohit Sharma and Co. will have a point to prove and will strive to continue their dominance at home. Welcoming the new captain and standing behind the team as the country gears up to witness the rise of a new fearless Indian team, Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the tournament, reveals its promo #NayaCaptainRohit, a continuation of its #BelieveInBlue narrative.
Speaking about the #NayaCaptainRohit promo for the India-West Indies series, a Star Sports spokesperson said, “Through the aperture of this series, we want to build a larger context to galvanise support for the Indian team as the team prepares for ICC events. #BelieveInBlue provides a perspective to have a continuing narrative that strings multiple tournaments of Team India. This is an important juncture for the Indian team as they return home to play their 1000th ODI under a new Captain. We wanted to bring forward the high emotions and support of fans across the country and the world who rally behind their captain and team and stand by them in this new era.”
The series will see the return of wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who has been out of competitive cricket for the last six months. On the batting front, Rajasthan’s Deepak Hooda has received a maiden ODI call-up. For the T20I series, 21-year-old wrong ‘un specialist Ravi Bishnoi earned his maiden call-up. Bishnoi, bought recently by IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants, has 24 wickets from 23 matches in the IPL with an average of 25.25 and an economy rate of 6.96.
Meanwhile, West Indies pacer Kemar Roach received an ODI recall after being out of the side for almost two-and-a-half years. Roach is among six additions to the squad that went down 2-1 at home to Ireland earlier this month. Fabian Allen makes his comeback to the 15-man squad, with Nkrumah Bonner, Darren Bravo and Brandon King adding muscle to the batting department. Hayden Walsh Jr adds the extra spin option. The selectors will announce the T20I squad following the completion of the England series.