The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has also announced squad for the upcoming T20Is series against Australia and South Africa. The Men in Blue will play three T20Is each against the Aussies and the Proteas before heading for the ICC T20 World Cup.
It will be more or less a similar squad that will travel to Australia for the global marquee competition. The batting unit remains the same with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul set to don the openers role.
Virat Kohli, who ended his century drought in the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022, will continue to bat at No.3 followed Suryakumar Yadav at No.4. Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik have been picked as the two wicketkeeper-batter. Deepak Hooda, who had an underwhelming campaign in the Asia Cup, also retained his place in the squad.
World Cup standbys Mohammed Shami and Deepak Chahar have been picked in the squads that will play Australia and South Africa in the build-up to the marquee event. While Shami hasn’t played T20Is since last year’s World Cup, Chahar made his international T20I comeback against Afghanistan in India’s last Asia Cup game.
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While Arshdeep Singh will miss the series against Australia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya will sit out the following assignment against South Africa. They will report to the National Cricket Academy for condition-related work during the breaks.
Australia will play their three T20Is at Mohali (September 20), Nagpur (September 23) and Hyderabad (September 25). South Africa will start their tour with T20Is at Thiruvananthapuram (September 28), Guwahati (October 2) and Indore (October 4).
India Squad for Australia T20Is: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd. Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
India squad for South Africa T20Is: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wk), Dinesh Karthik (wk), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.