Rohit Sharma will lead a 16-man side against New Zealand in three T20Is commencing on November 17, with fellow opener KL Rahul serving as vice-captain. This will also be the first task for new Head Coach Rahul Dravid, who will succeed Ravi Shastri.
Virat Kohli, whose term as India’s T20I skipper ended with the completion of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, has been left out of the team.
Venkatesh Iyer, Avesh Khan, and Harshal Patel are among the newcomers to the squad. Several prominent figures, including Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Siraj, and Yuzvendra Chahal, make cameo appearances.
NEWS – India’s squad for T20Is against New Zealand & India ‘A’ squad for South Africa tour announced.@ImRo45 named the T20I Captain for India.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 9, 2021
With the exception of the captain and vice-captain, five layers from the World Cup team have been retained for the three-match series against New Zealand. Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, and Axar Patel are among the squad’s backup players.
After a dismal showing in the UAE, where they lost their first two games against Pakistan and New Zealand, India will want to start preparing for the next T20 World Cup in Australia. India did not have enough points to qualify for the semi-finals despite winning their last three games convincingly.
While the BCCI made no mention of ODI captaincy, it is widely assumed that the organization wants one white ball skipper for the 2023 50-over World Cup and that a decision on the three-match ODI series in South Africa will be made at a later date.
“I’m still not sure if Virat Kohli will be retained as ODI captain by the board.” There will be some debates, but the possibilities are slim. “He will undoubtedly retain his position as Test captain,” the official stated.
For the short series, pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, as well as spinner Ravindra Jadeja, has been granted a much-needed break.
Pandya, on the other hand, has been pulled from the team after failing to present an accurate picture of his fitness.
The selection committee is reportedly enraged by his fitness issues, and he is the only individual who has been “dropped” and “not rested,” as opposed to others.
Hardik Pandya’s lower back problem is still bothering him. If the former T20 captain (in this scenario, Kohli) was set on having him bat at No 6 as a specialist batter, Chetan (chief national selector Chetan Sharma) and his squad would have to give in.
“It was the same when he requested five spinners and then realized he had requested one too many,” a senior BCCI official familiar with the selection process told PTI on condition of anonymity.
After their outstanding IPL performances, Ruturaj (635 runs), Harshal (32 wickets), Avesh (24 wickets, 2nd highest wicket-taker), and Venkatesh (370 runs and 3 wickets) were unanimously selected.
Similarly, the selectors made a course correction by selecting Yuzvendra Chahal, who was strangely left out of the World Cup selection before going on to have a fantastic IPL season in the UAE.
Veteran seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one player who has a chance to redeem himself one more time. He is far from his best, but with the speed attack lacking in experience, he was kept.
It’s expected that the selectors would look at other choices after that.
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.
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