India, on Friday, announced their squad for the upcoming five-match ODI series against Australia. The selectors have named two different squads, one for the first two while another for the last three. On the very expected notes, skipper Virat Kohli has returned along with Jasprit Bumrah. KL Rahul has also returned to the team along with Rishabh Pant.
The MSK Prasad-led side have also dropped Dinesh Karthik, dealing a huge blow to the Tamil Nadu man’s hopes of making it to the World Cup. Khaleel Ahmed, Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Siraj are the other players who lost their places from the squad that won the series in New Zealand.
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will take care of the spin-bowling department while Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya will be the allrounders.
The pace attack includes Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will join back after a two-match break. Siddharth Kaul will be a part of the squad for the first two games.
The series will begin with a T20I on February 24. After the two T20Is, the five-match ODI series will begin on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Jamtha) in Nagpur will host the second ODI on the 5th.
The third ODI will take place at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on March 8. The Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali will host the penultimate ODI on the 10th. The series will conclude with the final ODI at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on 13 March.
The series will be India’s last international assignment before the ICC World Cup in England and Wales. So the series will provide the Men in Blue with the final opportunity to carry out the experiments and fine-tune all the areas.
Squad for first two ODIs:
Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MSD (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohamed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, Siddharth Kaul, KL Rahul
Squad for last three ODIs.
Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MSD (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant