The apex cricket authority of India, BCCI has revealed the squads for the upcoming T20I and ODI series against New Zealand alongside the two opening Test matches against Australia. More than surprises, the mix and match of the Indian unit felt like the Men in Blue shuffling through their ranks according to the possible conditions.
Prithvi Shaw has finally managed to get his call up in the Indian squad while Hardik Pandya retained his position as the Indian captain in the shortest format of the game, a move that has already sparked countless debates.
Rohit Sharma will be spearheading the Indian contingent in the ODI series against New Zealand and the Test matches against Australia while the most notable name in the Indian echelons is that of Ravindra Jadeja. Even though Jadeja’s inclusion in the playing XI is subjective to fitness yet the fans would want him to be a part of the upcoming series as that would lift a massive stone off their chest.
India will be heading to these three frays with a plethora of all-rounders considering the presence of a returning Ravindra Jadeja* and a reinstated Shardul Thakur considering the tussle for that number 8th slot as it adds a lot more variety to your side while also extending your batting depth.
KL Rahul and Axar Patel were however, not taken into selection account for the Kiwi series given their personal commitments. Here are the full squads for India for the upcoming contests against New Zealand and Australia.
ODI squad vs New Zealand:
Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd.Shami, Mohd.Siraj, Umran Malik.
T20I squad vs New Zealand:
Hardik Pandya (captain), Suryakumar Yadav (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Prithvi Shaw, Mukesh Kumar
Squad for the first two Tests vs Australia: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), R.Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd.Shami, Mohd.Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav.