After loss in the T20I series against New Zealand, its high time for India to win the two match T20I series against Australia starting from 24th February at Visakhapatnam. Virat Kohli is back to lead Team India after taking rest in the T20 series in New Zealand.
The playing squad for the two match T20I series of India:-
- Virat Kohli (Captain)
- Rohit Sharma(Vice-Captain)
- KL Rahul
- Shikhar Dhawan
- Rishabh Pant
- Dinesh Karthik
- MS Dhoni (wk)
- Hardik Pandya
- Krunal Pandya
- Vijay Shankar
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Jasprit Bumrah
- Umesh Yadav
- Sidharth Kaul
- Mayank Markande
K L Rahul and Rishabh Pant have been included in the Team as their chances to play World Cup is also high. The selectors have shown interest in both these young players and they want to give more chance to play cricket before World Cup.
KL Rahul won the heart of selectors after scoring two half century for India A against England Lions in the two unofficial tests. The opener KL Rahul was called back from Australia after an unwanted comment on a women in the the famous reality show “Coffee With Karan”. He was asked to focus on domestic cricket and he did the same. As a result of which the selectors gave him a chance before World Cup.
Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik are two alternative wicket-keepers for India. Now the performance will decide who will go for the World Cup. Rishabh Pant is likely to be selected for World Cup as per the arguments from selectors. He has done quite well in all the dynamics.
Mayank Markande will be a new face who has been recently rewarded after his 5 wicket haul leading India A to win against England Lions. Markande has also played IPL from Mumbai Indians. Let’s see what this spinner does in the upcoming big matches.
The last T20I series against Australia came up with a 1-1 tie during 2017-18. The opposition team is also expected to perform the best as it is a pre-test before World Cup.
Dinesh Karthik has been selected for T20I only. He will not play in the 5 match ODI Series.
All the best for Team India to perform well in the upcoming series…!!!