Let us first discuss what an ODI squad needs,
2 wicketkeeper batsmen
2 spinners, and
3 fast bowlers
So now, the time for automatic selections
(We leave a space for a mid-order batsman)
(We leave a space for an opener)
(We leave a space for a substitute all-rounder)
(We leave space for a fast bowler)
Now, if you look at the squad above you will get that we have had our playing XI. (Almost)
So now what were we lacking in the above squad
A mid order batsman, an opener, an all-rounder, a fast bowler.
So now, we see the possible options
Options:- Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Shubhman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane, Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana and Ishan Kishan
I will pick Manish Pandey because this guy is in good form now (in international cricket) and is providing some extraordinary efforts with his fielding too.
Here we get, Manish Pandey.
Options:- Shikhar Dhawan, ,Prithvi Shaw, Shubhman Gill, Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair
My pick here is Shikhar Dhawan, because after returning from injury he consistently performed against Sri Lanka and Australia. He is in good form and I believe he will perform again when he gets fit.
Here we get, Shikhar Dhawan.
Options:- Washington Sundar, Shivam Dubey, Vijay Shankar and Krunall Pandya
My pick here Shivam Dubey, becasue this guy is performing consistently than others.
So here we get, Shivam Dubey.
Options:- Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmad and Shardul Thakur
I will go for Navdeep Saini, because he has been phenomenal with ball. He can click 145+ speed easily. He can bowl Yorkers well. He performed amazingly in his recent matches. (still can't figure out why he is out of the team now)
Here we get, Navdeep Saini
So now we have our complete squad with
Openers- Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vc)
Wicket keepers- Kl Rahul, Rishabh Pant
Mid order batsmen- Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey
All-Rounders- Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dubey
Spinners- Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzuvendra Chahal
Fast Bowlers- Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini
Coming to playing XI
It will be as follows
Rohit Sharma (vc)
Virat Kohli (c)
KL Rahul (wk)
Will play with only one among Chahal or Kuldeep and include Navdeep Saini if the situations are favourable to fast bowlers.
KL will open and Manish Pandey will be playing if any of the openers is injured.
Shivam Dubey will play if any all rounder is injured.
Manish Pandey and Rishabh Pant will play if any middle order batsman is injured.
Rishabh Pant will also get a chance if KL Rahul sits out.
Longest Answer till date,
Parth Shekhwat, cricket analyst of IX CLASS.