IND vs SL: The day of Wednesday kick-started with some good news as well as bad news for Indian team players as BCCI announced squads for the white ball series against Sri Lanka. And what comes as a shock for fans is the exclusion of Shikhar Dhawan from the ODI squad. Rohit will lead the ODI squad while Hardik returns to the ODI setup & will serve as the vice-captain of the ODI format.
The decision of excluding Dhawan has been taken on the basis of his poor batting form in the ODI format in 2022. His average of 34.40 and strike rate of 74.21 in 2022 are the lowest he has registered ever since his comeback in 2013. On the other hand, Shubman Gill & Ishan Kishan’s blistering forms have proved to be a vital factor in Selectors decision of sacking Shikhar Dhawan from the ODI squad. Shubman Gill had proved his worth by scoring runs over an average of 70 with a strike rate of 102.57 in 2022. On the other hand, Kishan became the fourth Indian batter to hit a double ton in the ODI format. The major decision of dropping Dhawan from the ODI squad puts a big question mark on his future as he turned 37 earlier this month.
IND vs SL: Rishabh Pant moves out, Hardik Pandya returns to the ODI setup
The selectors have also dropped wicket-keeper batter, Rishabh Pant, from both the ODI & T20I squads. Notably, Rishabh didn’t feature in the ODIs against Bangladesh as well. Pandya will again take up the captaincy reins of the T20I format after successfully leading the Indian team in the New Zealand T20I series. While middle-order batter Suryakumar will serve as Hardik’s Vice-Captain in t20I format. What comes as icing on the cake is the return of Hardik in the ODI setup where he will serve as vice-captain of regular skipper Rohit Sharma.
Rohit, Virat & Rahul excluded from T20I squad
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli have been excluded from the T20I squad & will only feature in the ODI format. The selectors meanwhile have named uncapped pacers Shivam Mavi and Mukesh Kumar in the T20I squad for the three-match T20I series. The duo will come in place of Mohammed Siraj & Bhuvneshwar Kumar who were ignored for the T20I series. Kuldeep lost his place in the T20I squad while he has been selected in the ODI squad.
Gaikwad & Tripathi will return to the T20I setup in place of Shreyas Iyer & Rishabh Pant. With Dhawan out of the ODI squad, Gill makes his way into the ODI format for the Sri Lanka ODI series. All-rounder Jadeja who has been out of action due to his injury continues to recover from the same. The series will begin with the T20I series followed by the ODI series.
IND vs SL: India’s Squad for T20I Series
Ishan Kishan (wk), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Hardik Pandya (C), 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.
IND vs SL: India’s Squad for ODI Series
Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (VC), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh.