The BCCI has announced India squad for the upcoming Australia tour. The Virat Kohli-led side is set to travel Down Under soon after the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) ends on November 10. India is scheduled to play three ODIs, as many T20Is and four Tests against Australia from next month starting from November 26 and the tour will go well into next year as well. The schedule though is officially yet to be announced.
As far as the squad is concerned, the Test team has a similar look which travelled to New Zealand earlier this year. Hardik Pandya has been overlooked given that he isn’t bowling in the ongoing IPL due to his back issues. However, the all-rounder has made it to the ODI and T20I squad which was expected. Incidentally, he was also part of the ODI squad against South Africa in March only for the series to be postponed due to COVID-19.
The Test regulars Hanuma Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara, the only two players not featuring in the IPL, have been picked as expected. Even Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma have made it to the Test squad despite currently being injured and not playing in their respective team’s erstwhile encounters.
Meanwhile, with Ishant Sharma being injured, Navdeep Saini has also made it to the touring group. Ishant, however, has also been named and will play based on his fitness. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not a part of any squads after the injury he sustained in the IPL while featuring for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
KL Rahul to don wicket-keeping gloves in Australia too
After showing prolific form for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) as an opener, KL Rahul looks set to open the innings in T20Is. But with Shikhar Dhawan also in the limited-overs squads, it remains to be seen who partners Rohit Sharma at the top. The possibility of Virat Kohli dropping himself at number four giving a chance to all three batsmen also can’t be denied.
Also, contrary to earlier reports of him missing out on the Australia tour due to weight issues, Rishabh Pant has made it to all three squads. However, he might be the second preferred keeper in ODIs and T20Is. The way he performed in Australia Tests last time around, the southpaw can play ahead of Wriddhiman Saha in Tests though much like it happened in New Zealand.
Here are the squads:
T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Shikhar, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vc & wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy
Test squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar, Ajinkya(vc), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj
ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vc & wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur
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