Indian team squad for Sri Lanka and Australia series: India have made four and two changes to their T20I and ODI squads respectively.
Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah have returned in India’s limited-overs squad for the upcoming three-match T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively.
Dhawan, who got injured during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Surat, might just have got his last chance in T20Is. The southpaw’s strike rate in the shortest format has been challenged by Lokesh Rahul’s performance in his absence.
As far as Bumrah is concerned, he last played for India during the tour of West Indies. Coming on the back of a back injury, the premier fast bowler will lead the attack in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who also got injured during the recently concluded series against West Indies.
Much like Bhuvneshwar, fellow pacer Deepak Chahar has also missed out on selection on the back of succumbing to an injury after the second ODI against West Indies.
Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini, both of whom played the third ODI against West Indies yesterday, will share the new ball alongside Bumrah in the ODI series. The trio has also been named in the T20I series where Bhuvneshwar and Chahar are injured and Mohammed Shami has been rested (also from ODIs).
Another top-notch player who has been rested is limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma. Having scored 2,442 runs in 47 matches across formats including 10 centuries, Sharma is the highest run-scorer at the highest level this year and has been on the road for a long time now.
Indian team squad for Sri Lanka and Australia series
India squad for Sri Lanka T20Is: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Sanju Samson.
India squad for Australia ODIs: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 22, 2019
While the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka will begin on January 5, the three-match ODI series against Australia will commence on January 14.