Australia is set to tour India for 2 T20Is and 5 ODIs. It will be the last time that the Men in Blue play international cricket before the World Cup. India’s squad for the Australia series was announced today and it has lots of chopping and changing.
KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant have been recalled to the ODI squad. On the other hand, Dinesh Karthik has been left out. Apart from Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj have also been dropped. All these players were part of the squad on the New Zealand tour.
Jasprit Bumrah, after being rested for the limited overs leg in Australia and the tour of New Zealand, will return to the side. His pace partner – Bhuvneshwar Kumar, has been rested for the first 2 ODIs and will return for the last 3 in place of Siddharth Kaul.
As far as the T20I squad is concerned, Bhuvneshwar and Kuldeep Yadav have been rested. Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj have been axed. The leg-spinner Mayanak Markande, who plays for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, has earned his maiden call-up.
India’s squad for 1st and 2nd ODI against Australia
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, Siddharth Kaul, KL Rahul
India’s squad for remaining three ODIs
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant
India’s squad for T20I series against Australia
Virat (c), Rohit (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande