Who are the new batsmen that India could try on the West Indies tour?

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 20, 2019 13:30 IST Rishabh Pant (R) is all set to don the wicket-keeping gloves during the limited-overs leg of the West Indies tour (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSA number of fresh faces could be introduced as key players are set to be restedThe likes of Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer could slot into the sideVirat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah could skip the limited-overs leg of the West Indies tourSpeculations regarding the future of legendary wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni will highlight the meeting of the Indian national selectors when they meet on Sunday to pick the squads for India’s tour to West Indies starting August 3. Since India’s ouster in the World Cup 2019 semi-final, Dhoni’s future in the Indian team has looked anything but certain with the debate surrounding his ability to perform the role of a finisher polarising public opinion.Recently it has emerged that Dhoni might not be available for selection over the next 2 months thus making it easier for the selectors to choose a wicket-keeper for the white-ball sides. Still, the selectors will have a couple of other headaches as they look to pin down the names for India’s limited-overs squad for West Indies. First and foremost among these would be a more permanent solution to the No.4 batting spot and a middle-order muddle which was one of the biggest reasons India came back empty-handed from the World Cup 2019.The next 50-over World Cup is still four years away but the World Twenty20 will be held in 2020, leaving chief selector MSK Prasad and his colleagues to plan for the tournament in Australia.The team have also failed to nail down the number four batting position in the limited-overs sides, something that hurt them during the World Cup, and a new set of batsmen are expected to audition for the spot.All-rounder Vijay Shankar, who was initially given the nod, left the World Cup through injury while KL Rahul had to move up to open the innings when Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out.advertisementIndia’s Test wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, the favourite to fill in Dhoni’s shoes in the limited-overs formats, slotted into the role during the latter stages of the World Cup, while Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill are also in the mix.Pandey recently scored an 87-ball-100 for India A in West Indies apart from a good show in the IPL 2019 and Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy earlier this year. Gill and Iyer are the next top-2 scorers in the ongoing A-series in the West Indies, with 149 and 126 runs respectively from 3 innings, and the selectors could try and give an entirely new look to the middle-order keeping in mind the T20 World Cup 2020. The fact that Gill has opened the innings vs West Indies A could also count in his favour if India choose to rest prolific opener, Rohit Sharma, as well.Pace bowlers sans BumrahIt looks equally likely that India might choose to rest their main strike bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who had an exacting World Cup 2019 and allow some fresh faces into the side for the T20Is and ODIs. Khaleel Ahmed, on the back of his impressive showing in the IPL and being the highest wicket-taker in the ongoing A-tour, seems set to earn a call back to the team. Navdeep Saini who impressed with his high pace in the IPL and has also been amongst the wickets on the same tour could also slot in a supporting role along with Mohammed Shami.India will play 3 T20s, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests in the Caribbean and the tour will provide the opportunity for the selectors to test the fringe players while resting some who play all three formats for the team. The tour will kick-off with the 1st T20I in Florida on August 3, followed by a 2-Test rubber beginning on August 22.Also Read | MS Dhoni has no immediate plans to retire, says longtime friendAlso Read | 4th unofficial ODI: Axar Patel’s 81 in vain as West Indies A beat India A by 5 runsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Shubman GillFollow shreyas iyerFollow Manish Pandey Who are the new batsmen that India could try on the West Indies tour?The BCCI’s selection panel headed by MSK Prasad will have to make a few tough calls when they meet on July 21 to pick India’s squads for the full-fledged tour to West Indies starting August 3.advertisementlast_img read more

A dramatic reunion

Gerry Cornwell (BA ’78), David MacKenzie (BA ’74), Marilyn (Hookey) Dawgert (BA ’71), Billyann Balay and Ron Snippe.Written by David MacKenzie (BA ’74) In the meantime, we are hoping to have at least one more get-together so that even more old friends can reunite. In the months following the event, many emails sped back and forth, most of them agreeing that we should not wait another 40 years to get together again.With that in mind, a small get-together was held in August 2010 at the Toronto home of Gerry and Marilyn Cornwell (BA ’75). Four people from the first drama class attended: Gerry Cornwell (BA ’78), Marilyn (Hookey) Dawgert (BA ’71), David MacKenzie (BA ’74), and Ron Snippe.We have found that the first few years of drama courses produced a number of professional actors, directors, playwrights, musicians, teachers, journalists, consultants, at least one accountant, and lighting designers, one of whom, Ron Snippe, a student in the first three years of the Brock drama program, has been named recipient of “Dance Ontario’s Lifetime Achievement Award”. With plans for the new downtown home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts well underway, those of us who were part of the first opening are ready, willing, able and eager to be part of the second official theatre opening a few years hence.  To mark the 40th anniversary of this event, an anniversary lecture/presentation was held in the theatre in December 2009. Attempts were made to contact as many alumni from these courses as possible, and, while many could not make it to this event, a number of people who hadn’t seen each other in 30 or so years did manage to make it back for laughter and reminiscences. Among them were professor emerita Mary Jane Miller, Valerie (Anderson) McGiverin (BA ’72), Margie (McNamee) Maloney (EST ’73, BA ’75), Stephen Reistetter (BA ’71, DIPLED ’76), Gerry Cornwell (BA ’78), Ron Snippe, and me, David MacKenzie (BA ’74). October 1969 marked the official opening of Thistle Theatre (now called the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.) At that time, there were only two practical drama courses offered…a first and second-year course. Students from both years played an active part in the celebrations.  read more