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IND vs SL: 3 Reasons Why Rishabh Pant Should Have Been A Part Of The Limited Overs Squad. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday, announced the T20I and ODI squads for the home series against Sri Lanka starting January 3, 2023. Rohit Sharma, who is recovering from a thumb injury will miss the 3-match T20I series and will return to lead the team in the ODIs against Sri Lanka.

Hardik Pandya Suryakumar Yadav
Hardik Pandya Suryakumar Yadav. Image Credits: Twitter

All-rounder Hardik Pandya has been named the skipper for the T20I series and will have Suryakumar Yadav as his deputy. Rohit Sharma, who is recovering from a thumb injury that he sustained in Bangladesh recently, will return to lead the team in ODIs when the series kickstarts in Guwahati on January 10. Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram will host the remaining matches in the series.

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Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)
Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma (Image Credits: Twitter)

Indian captain Rohit Sharma has been dropped from the T20I side while Hardik Pandya has been named as the captain of the side. This could be the way forward for team India for the Road to 2024 ICC T20 World Cup.

India vs Sri Lanka, IND vs SL
India vs Sri Lanka, IND vs SL (Image Credits: Twitter)

India’s T20I Squad for Sri Lanka: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav (VC), Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar

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IND vs SL: 3 Reasons Why Rishabh Pant Should Have Been A Part Of The Limited Overs Squad

While experienced players Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul didn’t find a space in the T20I squad, they all have been included in the ODI series that begins on January 10. Sanju Samson has been dropped from the ODI squad but has been included in the T20s, meaning he is unlikely to be in the scheme of things for the 2023 ODI World Cup next year.

KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan have been named as wicketkeepers for the ODIs. Interestingly, there is no place for Rishabh Pant in the squad. The press release issued by the BCCI didn’t clarify if Rishabh Pant was injured, rested, or dropped.

 A report said that Rishabh Pant has only been rested as he is carrying a niggle in his knee. He has been asked to go to National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru to get fitter.

1. Rishabh Pant May Have Amended His Stats

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Pic Credits: Twitter

In T20Is too, he is out of form, managing only 9 runs in 2 innings in T20 World Cup 2022 averaging 4.5, and 17 runs in 2 T20Is against Kiwis averaging 8.5.  He also scored only 27 runs in the 1 innings he batted against Proteas. In Asia Cup 2022, he scored 14, 17, and 20*.

His last T20I fifty came way back in February 2022 against West Indies – 52* off 28 balls. He scored 44 against the Windies in August 2022. He may have amended his stats if selected for the IND vs SL series.

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