The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the squad for the three-match T20I series against England.
Interestingly, the committee has decided to pick two separate squads of 18 members each – for the first T20I and combined second and third T20I, with Rohit Sharma set to lead the side in all of these matches, including the ODI series as well.
Rohit Sharma, who will miss the rescheduled Test against England due to COVID-19, will return to lead the side in the white-ball leg. Umran Malik who made his international debut in the recently concluded series against Ireland has retained his place in the squad. However, Arshdeep Singh has not been considered.
Rahul Tripathi, who was picked up for the Ireland series on the back of a superlative IPL 2022 campaign, has also retained his place. The right-handed batter will hope to get some game time after warming the bench in the two T20Is against the Irish side.
The second and third games of the series will see the return of all top guns, including Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Rishabh Pant. With the entire squad at disposal, the management will hope to fix the puzzle for the T20 World Cup.
India’s squad for 1st T20I: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
India’s squad for 2nd and 3rd T20I: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik
India’s squad for 3 ODIs: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, J Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Shami, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh