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Hardik Pandya named captain of T20I team against Lanka; Rohit Sharma returns as captain in ODIs

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Hardik Pandya named captain of T20I team against Lanka; Rohit Sharma returns as captain in ODI’s Vartha Bharati | 27-12-2022 | 23:16:00 IST

Hardik Pandya named captain of T20I team against Lanka;  Rohit Sharma returns as captain in ODIs

New Delhi, 27 December: The transition phase in Indian cricket began on Tuesday with Prime Minister all-rounder Hardik Pandya being named captain of the T20 squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka from 3 January.

The 27-year-old Baroda man has also been named as the vice-captain of the ODI team, signaling the current regime’s long-term intention to see him as white ball leader once the 35-year-old Rohit Sharma decides to give up his time. illustrious international career.

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Although Rohit, recovering from a finger injury, was named captain of the ODI series that will follow the T20Is, it is understandable that the shortest format will now feature new faces and mainly IPL performers.

Not even Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are part of the T20I format either and there are indications that the duo along with Rohit may not be re-elected considering the 2024 T20 World Cup.

The troika will likely be asked to focus on the 50-over format with a World Cup to be played in India next year.

“Yes, there will be no official announcement that Rohit has been removed from the T20I captaincy but he will be removed from the format along with Kohli and Rahul. It is clear that Rohit’s dislocated thumb injury has not fully healed, although he has started training. But the phase-out has indeed begun,” a senior BCCI source familiar with development told PTI on condition of anonymity.

Suryakumar Yadav, for his amazing year, is now the new Vice Captain in T20Is.

Pandya, who led Gujarat Titans to IPL triumph at the last edition, was touted as Rohit’s replacement after India lost to England in the T20 World Cup semi-final by playing archaic cricket.

While Rohit is still recovering from a thumb dislocation, BCCI’s press release doesn’t mention whether it’s a permanent change or just for one series.

The T20I team has a fresh look with two uncapped pacers Shivam Mavi and Mukesh Kumar being included in the shortest format.

Mavi was picked up by Titans for Rs 6 crore while Bengal’s Mukesh was picked up by Delhi Capitals for Rs 5.50 crore.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rahul Tripathi, two powerful IPL artists, made it to the T20 side.

The ODI side is showing off a more experienced look with Mohammed Shami coming back from a shoulder injury.

Pants heads for NCA

Rishabh Pant is not part of either white-ball team and it is clear that he has been asked to report to the NCA for a two-week knee strengthening rehabilitation program. Therefore, he will miss the entire Sri Lanka series.

But BCCI’s statement doesn’t mention whether he rested or fell.

End of road for Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan, one of India’s contemporary white ball greats, may have played his last game for the country after a protracted bad spell in which he was kicked out of the national ODI line-up.

Ironically, he even led the New Zealand side for one series for Bangladesh, but his dismal drop in scoring percentage and his inability to put up a run of consistent scores were to his detriment.

Rohit is a white-ball giant and Shubman Gill in excellent ODI form with Ishan Kishan hitting the fastest double hundred less than a month ago, India has multiple options and can see beyond Dhawan.

As reported by PTI on December 11, Dhawan has now been predictably dropped and it may be the end of the road for one of India’s best players at the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and 2015 World Cup where he was the top scorer.

India’s Squad for Sri Lanka T20Is: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Ishan Kishan (World Cup), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav (VC), Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi, Mukesh Kumar.

ODI Squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (World Cup), Ishan Kishan (World Cup), Hardik Pandya (VC), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh.

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