Veteran pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was axed from India’s ODI and T20I squads named for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. The series comprises three T20Is and as many ODIs. The three T20Is will be played on January 3, 5, and 7 followed by the three ODIs on 10, 12, and 15. Bhuvi last played for India in the T20 World Cup 2022.
Along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami has also been ignored from the T20I squad. He is included in the ODI squad though for the three-match series. Both of them recently played in the T20 World Cup in Australia. Bhuvi ended the campaign with just four wickets. Shami ended the campaign with six wickets to his name.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami’s T20I Career Almost Over
The Chetan Sharma-led selection committee has named a young side for the Sri Lanka series at home. This was a big sign for the senior players all of whom were dropped from the squad.
As far as the bowling group is concerned, the management is looking to groom young bowlers. The inclusion of Shivam Mavi, Umran Malik, and Mukesh Kumar indicates the same thing. Harshal Patel is included in the T20I side which indicates that he is still in contention for making the ODI World Cup squad next year. The UP pacer was picked up 6 crores in the IPL 2023 auction by Gujarat Titans.
Management Looking To Invest In Young Bowlers
The management is also willing to invest in Prasidh Krishna and Kuldeep Sen both of who are currently out injured. Kuldeep made his ODI debut for India in the series against Bangladesh. He played the first ODI and picked up an injury to miss the remaining games.
The management has included four all-rounders in the T20I squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. This is a huge indication that the management is looking for multi-dimensional players to add more depth to the side. Along with Hardik, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel and Mavi himself make up the four all-rounders.
India’s ODI Squad for Sri Lanka
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (VC), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh
India’s T20I Squad For Sri Lanka Series
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