IND vs SL: Rohit Sharma Dropped From India’s T20I Set Up, Hardik Pandya To Remain Permanent T20 Captain: Sources. The BCCI selection committee still headed by Chetan Sharma announce India’s squads for the ODI and T20I series at home against Sri Lanka. The series will comprise three T20Is and as many ODIs between January 3-15. As per sources, 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. The three T20Is will be played on January 3, 5, and 7 followed by the three ODIs on 10, 12, and 15.
Apart from Rohit Sharma, the likes of Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav have also been dropped from the T20I squad. Both of them recently played in the Test series against Bangladesh and had impactful performances. India won the Test series 2-0.
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Hardik will lead the side with Suryakumar Yadav as his deputy. The likes of Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Deepak Hooda, and Rahul Tripathi form the batting core. Yuzvendra Chahal is back in India’s T20I setup after being benched throughout the T20 World Cup in Australia. Washington Sundar and Axar Patel are the other two spin -all-rounders in the lineup.
India’s pace attack bears a completely new look with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar rested from the series. Shivam Mavi and Mukesh Kumar are part of the T20I squad. Both cracked big deals in the recently concluded IPL 2023 auction. Mavi was picked up by Gujarat Titans for a whopping 6 crores. Delhi Capitals paid 5.5 crores for the Bengal pacer Mukesh Kumar.
Meanwhile, as far as this Indian T20I squad for the Sri Lanka series is concerned, the big three are all missing. While KL Rahul has endured a tough time across formats recently, sources close to Cricketaddictor have confirmed that the board is no longer interested in keeping the likes of Rohit and KL Rahul in their plans for India’s T20I setup. Rahul’s last five scores in T20Is are three single-digit scores and two fifties. His fifties came against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
No T20I Future For Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul: Reports
While Rohit has not yet recovered from the thumb injury that he picked up in the Bangladesh ODI series, Kohli had asked for a break from the Sri Lanka T20I series as per Cricket Addictor’s sources. The two Indian senior batters have struggled across formats as well with Rohit’s injury adding up to make matters worse.
India and Sri Lanka recently played each other in the Asia Cup with the Lankans eventually winning the title. The Islanders beat India in the Super 4 game they played in Dubai on September 6. India thus will be eyeing revenge across formats in this upcoming series. Team India will be hungry to win the series after losing the ODI series as well to Bangladesh.
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