After completing a 2-1 series win over the West Indies, India have today announced their squad for the upcoming T20 and ODI series at home against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively. The Islanders will play three T20’s against the Men in Blue on the 5th, 7th and 10th of January, with Guwahati, Indore and Pune being the venues. The three One Day internationals against Australia will take place at Mumbai, Rajkot and Bangalore (January 14, 17 and 19, 2020)
What changes have India made to the T20 squad that will take on Sri Lanka?
The original T20 squad named for the West Indies series had Shikhar Dhawan in it, but the southpaw withdrew due to injury and Sanju Samson was named as his replacement. Samson, who didn’t feature in any of the three T20’s (one of them was in his home town of Trivandrum), retains his spot, and Dhawan comes back in as a straight replacement for Rohit Sharma, who has been rested for this tour. The other three changes are in the bowling department where Mohammad Shami (rested), Deepak Chahar (injured) and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (injured) make away for Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur and Jasprit Bumrah.
What changes have India made for their ODI squad for the Australia series?
India have pretty much gone for their strongest squad for the Australia series. Sharma and Shami, who have been rested for the SL T20’s, will return to take on Aaron Finch’s men. Mayank Agarwal, who replaced Dhawan for the West Indies ODI’s, finds himself out with the left hander returning from injury. Like with the Sri Lanka series, Chahar and Kumar’s injuries have given an opportunity to Saini and Thakur. Saini debuted in Cuttack against the Windies and impressed with a brace while Thakur’s batting helped India seal a nervy chase in the eastern city.
Hardik Pandya hasn’t been included in this squad, with the New Zealand tour looking more likely as his means of re-introduction back into the first team.