Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian cricket team in the New Zealand T20I series at home right after the T20 World Cup. KL Rahul has been appointed as his deputy for the same.
The BCCI announced the T20I squad for India’s upcoming series against New Zealand starting on November 17. Rohit Sharma as expected would be leading the side while KL Rahul would be the vice-captain. Rahul Dravid will start working on his new role as the Head Coach of Indian cricket team from the same series.
The regulars like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Hardik Pandya are not part of the squad named for the series. It was expected as they have been on the roads for months at a stretch. After multiple international assignments these players took part in the Indian Premier League 2021 as well and then in a gap of mere two days started preparing for the T20 World Cup. On the other hand, India are scheudled to fly to South Africa for a long tour from December and hence Indian team will need the three top class players fully fit and recharged.
India will play three T20Is against New Zealand on November 17, 19, and 21 in Jaipur, Ranchi, and Kolkata respectively. India A’s itinerary for upcoming three 4-day matches in South Africa has been also released along with the squad.
India’s T20I squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj.
India ‘A’ squad for South Africa tour: Priyank Panchal (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Devdutt Padikkal, Sarfaraz Khan, Baba Aparajith, Upendra Yadav (wicket-keeper), K Gowtham, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Umran Malik, Ishan Porel, Arzan Nagwaswalla