Suryakumar Yadav is poised to take the helm as captain for India in the upcoming five-match T20I series against Australia, given Hardik Pandya’s absence due to a World Cup-related injury. Commencing on November 23 in Vizag and concluding on December 3 in Hyderabad, the series prompts the BCCI’s senior national selection committee to assemble and compose a squad.
Given the proximity to the World Cup, the committee is inclined to field a second-string team. Acknowledged as the world’s top-ranked T20 batsman, Yadav assumed the role of vice-captain during India’s T20 tour of the West Indies, where they contested five matches across the Caribbean and the US.
With Pandya still recuperating from an ankle injury sustained during the World Cup, casting doubt on his participation, the selection committee, led by Ajit Agarkar, is leaning towards appointing Yadav as captain. Yadav, aged 33, previously captained the Mumbai team and the India Under-23 team in the Emerging Cup.
Renowned for his 360-degree playing style, he has rapidly ascended to the status of the most formidable batsman in the T20 format. Inside sources reveal that the selection committee plans to grant rest to the majority of players from the ongoing World Cup team. Players such as Ishan Kishen and Prasidh Krishna, who had limited involvement in the World Cup, are expected to feature in the home series against Australia.
As Rahul Dravid’s coaching contract concludes post-World Cup, the BCCI has enlisted VVS Laxman to temporarily coach the Indian team. The support staff from the National Cricket Academy (NCA) will oversee the team during this interim arrangement.This transition signals a critical phase for Indian cricket, introducing new leadership and coaching dynamics ahead of the T20 showdown with Australia.