In-from Dinesh Karthik has been omitted, can be read rested, as the national selection committee of the Board for Control for Cricket in India has named two different squads for the five-match One Day International Series against the visiting Australia.
Bhubaneswar Kumar is rested for the first two ODIs, while KL Rahul surprisingly gets a place in the squad only for the entire series. However, there remains a question mark on Rahul getting a place in the XI when Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are also present.
Rahul also gets a place in the squad for the two T20 Internationals.
Skipper Virat Kohli and pace spearhead Jaspreet Bumrah are back for all the five games. Along with Rahul, Siddharth Kual too gets a place in the squad for the first two games.
Squad (1st Two ODIs): Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohamed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, Siddharth Kaul and KL Rahul.
Bhubaneswar will, however, be back for the last three ODI. In fact, Kaul and Bhubaneswar are the only two changes in the two teams.
Squad (Last Three ODIs): Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhubanewar Kumar, Mohamed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul.
Bumrah has also been named for both the T20 International games, which mark the start of Australia’s tour of India from Visakhapatnam on Sunday, February 24. Karthik and Krunal Pandya find place in the T20 squad, which however doesn’t have Kuldeep Yadav.
Squad (T20 series): Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul and Mayank Markande.
The five-match ODI series will start from Visakhapatnam on Sunday, February 24.
Schedule: T20I series – 1. Visakhapatnam : Sunday, Feb 24; 2. Bengaluru : Wednesday, Feb 27.
Both the matches will start at 7 p.m.
ODI series : 1 . Hyderabad : Saturday, Mar 2, ; 2. Nagpur : Tuesday, Mar 5; 3. Ranchi : Friday, Mar 8; 4. Mohali : Sunday, March 10; and 5. Delhi : Wednesday, March 15.
All the ODIs wills start at 1:30 pm.
The national selectors and the team management will be exploring all the possibilities before sitting down to name the final 15, who will represent India in the ICC World Cup in England and Wales.