With the team’s fortunes on the decline, the India blues have been in an unusual position.
The team have had three consecutive Ashes series, with the third ending in defeat in Mumbai.
The players were all looking to see if the team could pull off the comeback after that disappointing defeat to New Zealand in March and the first Test against Sri Lanka in March.
While the results were disappointing for the players, the team management felt it was time to step up and take the next step.
The coach, Gautam Gambhir, had previously suggested the players should go for a tour of the West Indies, with a view to returning to the Test arena.
The India squad was assembled by the ICC’s general manager of international cricket, Rahul Kaur, who had been in charge of the tour of New Zealand, and included five players from the team that beat the Lions in the last Test.
“The Indian team has the same mentality of wanting to win, as we did in New Zealand.
It is a different team, but the same mindset and same focus,” said the captain, Ravi Shastri.
The team had been playing in the first two Tests in Mumbai and Delhi in order to prepare for the third Test in Hyderabad.
The squad had played in a training session at the IPL stadium in Delhi on Monday and it will be playing three more Tests, including three in the UAE, before the team returns to India for the fourth Test against the West Indians.
The Indian squad was expected to include two players who have been with the team for a long time, including the captain and a batsman who is one of the best bowlers in the world, Ravindra Jadeja.
But the Indian team had not even received their captain for the first match.
Shastri had already announced the squad’s captain, Dinesh Chandimal, was not on the squad, which had been made up of five Indian players, two from the UAE and two from England.
“He was not even part of the squad,” Shastrian said.
The captain had a very positive reaction to the decision, saying the players were ready to make a return to India.
“It is a very good thing for the team.
It will be great for the development of the Indian cricket team.
The players will be very happy,” said Chandimal.
The other three Indian players who were part of New India’s last Test squad, Sunil Gavaskar, Rishabh Pant, and Dineshar Dhawan, will not be part of India’s squad.
“This team is very strong.
They have been playing a lot of cricket in the Test series.
We have made a lot progress and are happy with the results so far.
We will be happy to play the first three Tests in UAE and Dubai.
It has been a good test series for us,” Chandimal said.
Shashank Manohar, who played for New India, said he was surprised that the team was not allowed to travel to the West Coast and the Caribbean for the final Test.
“We were happy to get back and see our teammates, but now we have to go back home.
I was surprised,” Manoharmajar said.
“Hopefully, they will take the tour.
The last two Tests were not ideal.
We played poorly, but we had to take the team on board and we have made good progress,” Manolar added.