As the West Indies tour of India comes to an end, the attention now shifts to the upcoming three-match T20 series between India and Sri Lanka, beginning from the 5th of January.
The Board of control for Cricket in India has announced the 15-man squad for Three-T20 Internationals and same number of ODIs against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively.
Jasprit Bumrah has made a comeback into the side after being out for some time and not played in the series against South Africa and West Indies because of a stress fracture. The Indian fast-bowler has now been given permission to play the upcoming series against West Indies. He was earlier seen in the nets ahead of the second ODI against West Indies.
“Jasprit Bumrah is back in both the teams for Sri Lanka and Australia and we have rested Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami for the Sri Lanka T20s. Shikhar Dhawan also comes back and Sanju Samson will be the back-up opener in T20s,” chairman of selection panel MSK Prasad told reporters at an informal gathering.
Deepak Chahar’s back injury seems to be severe and he will be out of action till next year’s IPL. Navdeep Saini is picked in place of him in the squad.
“Deepak was doing well as he played the Vijay Hazare Trophy and suddenly he aggravated his back in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam. We have created enough backup and we have a good talent pool of fast bowlers. We also have Khaleel (Ahmed), who is playing Ranji Trophy and Navdeep (Saini) will replace Shami in T20s,” he added