Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: Seamer Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel are back in the national side while Injured Ravinder Jadeja, Pacer Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi are out of the 15-member squad announced by the BCCI’s selection committee on Monday for the T20 World Cup to be played in Australia in October.
Jadeja, Avesh and Bishnoi were in the Asia Cup team . Fast bowlers Mohammed Shami, Deepak Chahar, spinner Ravi Bishnoi and batter Shreyas Iyer have been named as a standbys ..
Bumrah and Harshal had missed Asia Cup due to injuries and their return is no surprise and they are likely to add more muscle to the team’s fast bowling department in which Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been retained along with the all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
The squad led by Rohit Sharma will miss all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who s recently underwent a surgery. Left-hander Axar Patel is the replacement for Jadeja., R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal are the other two specialist spinners.
Avesh, played two Asia Cup matches before being ruled out with an illness. Wrist-spinner Ravi Bishnoi played a solitary game against Pakistan.
There is no change in the batting lineup to the one that played the Asia Cup with Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik all included.
Along with the T20 World Cup, the Selection Committee also picked India’s squads for the upcoming home T20I series against Australia and South Africa at home.
Shami and Deepak Chahar have been selected to will play Australia and South Africa in the build-up to the World Cup.. Shami hasn’t played T20Is since last year’s World Cup, Chahar made his international T20I comeback against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup game.
The duo will come in for Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya, who will report to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for conditioning-related work at different times during the course of these two home series. While Arshdeep will miss the series against Australia, Bhuvneshwar and Hardik will sit out the following assignment against South Africa.
“Hardik Pandya, Arshdeep Singh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be reporting to the NCA for conditioning-related work during the course of the home series against Australia and South Africa,” the BCCI said in a statement.
Australia will play their three T20Is at Mohali (September 20), Nagpur (September 23) and Hyderabad (September 25) while South Africa will start their tour with T20Is at Thiruvananthapuram (September 28), Guwahati (October 2) and Indore (October 4).
India will also play South Africa in a three-match ODI series just before the World Cup, the squad for which will be announced in due course.
T20 World Cup squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Standby players – Mohd Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.
Squad against Australia T20Is: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd. Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
Squad against South Africa T20Is: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohd Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.