India have announced their 19-member squad for the upcoming five-match T20I series against England, starting on 12th March at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Uncapped wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan has earned his maiden call-up to the side for the T20I series. Recently, Kishan smashed a blistering 173 runs for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy played against Madhya Pradesh.
Apart from Kishan, batsman Suryakumar Yadav and all-rounder Rahul Tewatia have earned their maiden call-ups to the national side for the five-match T20I series.
Manish Pandey, who was ruled out of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy due to injury, has been dropped from the T20 squad. Mayank Agarwal and Sanju Samson have also been axed from the setup. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel makes a comeback to the T20I squad after making his last white-ball appearance against South Africa in February 2018.
India’s T20I squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Lokesh Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Tewatia, , Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, and T Natarajan.
Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested for this five-match T20I series. After fully recovering from thigh muscle injury, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been named in the T20I squad.
In 2020 IPL, Ishan Kishan made quite an impact with the bat for Mumbai Indians and scored 516 runs. He was picked ahead of Sanju Samson, who will feel disappointed after not being retained in the squad for England series.
For Rajasthan Royals, Rahul Tewatia delivered excellent performances with bat and ball. In 14 matches, Tewatia accumulated 255 runs at an average of 42.50. With the ball in hand, Tewatia claimed 10 wickets at a splendid economy rate of 7.00 in the competition.
Suryakumar Yadav has been a consistent performer for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League for past couple of years. Due to his excellent performances over long period of time, selection committee has included him for this five-match T20I series.
In last’s year IPL, Suryakumar Yadav once again showed excellent form and accumulated 480 runs with four half-centuries to his name.
T Natarajan was quite impressive in his maiden series in Australia. Left-arm quick has been retained in the T20I squad for the upcoming five-match series against England.