All eyes on Yuvraj Singh as India A take on West Indies A

Sep 15 2013, 10:33 IST
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Yuvraj Singh is more often seen as a brutal force in limited overs cricket than in Tests with his ability to hit the ball clean and long. (REUTERS) Yuvraj Singh is more often seen as a brutal force in limited overs cricket than in Tests with his ability to hit the ball clean and long. (REUTERS)
SummaryYuvraj will be hoping for Uthappa and Chand to dazzle in the opening ODI to boost the middle-order.

showcase his talent.

Yusuf Pathan, who has been provided another lifeline by selectors, will hope to recover from his steep fall since the 2011 World Cup. He is a powerful and aggressive right-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler.

The Indian attack will be spearheaded by Irfan Pathan, who is looking for his comeback to the Indian Test team.

Irfan was ruled out of the team for the tri-series in the Caribbean due to a hamstring injury.

Jaydev Unadkat, who did well during India's tour of Zimbabwe, will aim to continue using this series to put out his best and make a strong case for himself in the senior team. He has the fire in his belly and an uncanny knack to up the ante with his deceptive pace.

Praveen Kumar will look to get back into the scheme of things with his ability to swing the ball both ways.

The West Indies A, on the other hand, who performed well during their home series against Sri Lanka-A in June, will aim for improvement, starting with the first ODI.

A number of young West Indian players will try to grab the opportunity to show their skills, especially with the senior team set to tour India next month.

Kieran Powell, one of the players looking to formalise his place in the senior side, has been handed the reins of captaincy and head coach Junior Bennett has high hopes from the left-handed opener from Nevis.

Besides Powell, the side for the three 50-over contests and the one Twenty20 game includes the likes of vice-captain Veerasammy Permaul, Andre Russell, Andre Fletcher, Devon Thomas, Kirk Edwards, Nikita Miller and Narsingh Deonarine,

all of whom have featured in the senior team.

Meanwhile, in a press release, the KSCA announced that entry for the public would be free for the entire tour, including the four-day games-in Mysore, Shimoga and Hubli-that follow the limited-over series in Bangalore.

India A: Yuvraj Singh (captain), Unmukt Chand, Robin Uthappa, Baba Aparajith, Kedar Jadhav, Naman Ojha (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Jaydev Unadkat, Praveen Kumar, Sumit Narwal, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mandeep Singh, Rahul Sharma.

West Indies A: Kieran Powell (capt.), Veerasammy Permaul, Ronsford Beaton, Nkrumah Bonner, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Miguel Cummins, Narsingh Deonarine, Kirk Edwards, Andre Fletcher, Leon Johnson, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Andre Russell, and Devon Thomas.

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