The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the revised squad for the upcoming tour of Australia. The tour contains three ODIs and T20Is each followed by four-match Test series as a part of the Border-Gavaskar series.
Meanwhile, as stated earlier, Virat Kohli will miss the last three Test matches of the tour as he and Anushka Sharma are expecting the birth of their first child. It will be a massive miss for Team India considering his prowess against the Australian team. He will return to India after playing the first matches while Ajinkya Rahane will take over the leadership duties.
BCCI includes Rohit Sharma in Test squad
In a major development, Rohit Sharma has been added to the Tests squad. The BCCI Medical Team has monitored Rohit Sharma’s fitness and it has been decided to rest him for the limited-overs series. Previously, the star batsman was left out all the squads which garnered a countrywide debate.
On the other hand, spinner Varun Chakravarthy has been ruled out of the T20I series owing to a shoulder injury. The selectors have named T Natarajan, who has done exceedingly well in IPL 2020 for Sunrisers Hyderabad as a replacement. The young fast bowler has accounted for the most number of yorkers and provided stability in the bowling unit.
India’s Test wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who suffered a hamstring injury during his side’s game in IPL 2020 will travel with the squad. However, BCCI in a statement said that they will take a call on his participation will be taken later. The tour will kick off with the ODIs on November 27.
Here is BCCI’s revised squad for Australia series:
Team India T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan.
Team India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper).
Team India Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj.