BCCI released the full squad and schedule details for India’s first away tour after the coronavirus pandemic. With the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) in UAE, BCCI scouted some valuable emerging players who have been given a chance to be a part of the 28 man contingent.
After the conclusion of IPL, India will be touring Australia in a bio-secure bubble in November where they take part in four Test matches, three ODIs and three T20Is. The tour is likely to start with the ODIs on November 27 while the last of the four Tests will begin in Brisbane from January 15. Sydney and Canberra are likely to host the white-ball leg (T20 and ODIs) while Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney are the venues of the four-match Test series. The D/N Test match is scheduled in Adelaide.
Who Have Been Picked & Who Have Been Left Out from the squad?
The biggest headlines from the selection is, Indian vice-captain, Rohit Sharma has been dropped from all three formats of the game while K. L. Rahul makes a return to the Test team as the vice-captain after being dropped following the 2019 series in West Indies. Hardik Pandya, who hasn’t played for India since September 22 last year, has been picked for the ODIs and T20Is.
Besides 28 cricketers who will feature in the three squads combined, the selection committee has named pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi, Ishan Porel and T. Natarajan who will travel as back-up. KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy who has shown good improvements with his game has been given his maiden ODI chace. He also became the only uncapped cricketer to have been selected across three squads.
Full Squad for all 3 formats
Test squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar, Ajinkya(vc), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj
ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vc & wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur
T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Shikhar, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vc & wk), Shreyas Iyer, Manish, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy.