Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul recalled for ODIs against Australia

Update: Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the Australia series due to stiff lower back. While no replacement has been named for the T20I series, Ravindra Jadeja has been named as a replacement in the ODI series. Meanwhile, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant return to the ODI squad.    

With just one series to go before the 2019 World Cup, Team India have made their intentions clear by making some surprising changes.

Rishabh Pant, the attacking left-hander and KL Rahul, the backup opener, have been recalled in the ODI side against Australia.

Meanwhile, Dinesh Karthik, who has been good in the ODIs recently has been left out of the squad.

Owing to a below-par performance in Australia and New Zealand, Khaleel Ahmed and Mohammed Siraj have been left out from the squad. Meanwhile, Siddharth Kaul has got a look ahead in the side instead of them.

Vijay Shankar, who impressed everyone with his batting in New Zealand was considered as the only back-up option for Hardik Pandya. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is back to lead the squad in ODIs as well as T20Is. 

The changes in the ODI squad are as follows. 

In: Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul and Siddharth Kaul

Out: Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj and Khaleel Ahmed.

Team India’s squad for first two ODIs:

Batsmen: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (WK) Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul.

All-rounders: Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja

Spinners: Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal

Pacers: Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Siddharth Kaul.

Team India’s squad for last three ODIs:

Batsmen: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (WK), Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul.

All-rounders: Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, and Ravindra Jadeja

Spinners: Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal

Pacers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami

T20Is:

The T20I squad has seen some major inclusions and exclusions as compared to the ODI side. For example, Shubman Gill and Kedar Jadhav are left out of the T20I squad without getting a game. KL Rahul has been roped in as a replacement for Shubman Gill.

Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is left out of the T20I squad; the reason for this is unknown. Umesh Yadav has been roped in as a replacement for him.

Also, Kuldeep Yadav too has been left out of the squad. Mayank Markhande gets a recall after his impressive stint for India A. However, Dinesh Karthik has retained his place in the T20I squad against Australia.

In: Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Siddharth Kaul, KL Rahul, and Mayank Markhande

Out: Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shubman Gill.

Team India’s squad for T20Is:

Batsmen: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (WK), Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul.

All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, and Krunal Pandya

Spinners: Yuzvendra Chahal and Mayank Markhande

Pacers: Jasprit Bumrah, Siddharth Kaul and Umesh Yadav

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