Yashasvi Jaiswal likely to replace Cheteshwar Pujara for WI Test series; Rohit to continue as captain

India’s upcoming tour of the West Indies holds significant importance as it marks their entry into the 2023-25 World Test Championship cycle. While initial speculations hinted at potential squad changes, it seems that the selection panel is leaning towards maintaining continuity rather than a complete overhaul. Resting or dropping only a few players is expected, with Rohit Sharma continuing as India’s Test captain in the foreseeable future.

The selectors understand the significance of each Test match, as the results directly contribute to the World Test Championship points table. This understanding has made them cautious about making drastic changes to the team composition. Their main objective is to field a competitive side capable of achieving favorable outcomes.


For the upcoming two Test matches in Dominica and Trinidad, several key players are likely to retain their positions in the squad. Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane are expected to play crucial roles. However, uncertainty surrounds Cheteshwar Pujara’s inclusion in the team.

Discussions are anticipated regarding Pujara’s role in the squad. The seasoned No. 3 batsman has encountered a dip in form, managing only one century in 52 innings (28 Tests) since 2020, resulting in a disappointing average of 29.69. Even with 11 half-centuries to his name, excluding his scores of 90 and 102* in the Chittagong Test in December 2022, his average drops further to 26.31.

Criticism has been directed towards Pujara’s shot selection, extending beyond the World Test Championship final. Although his exclusion from the squad remains unconfirmed, his position in the team appears uncertain. Even if he is included, there is no guarantee that he will secure a spot in the Playing XI. Yashasvi Jaiswal emerges as a potential contender to replace Pujara at No. 3 if the veteran batsman is not considered for the role.