Fit-Again Jasprit Bumrah is back in India’s ODI and T20 squads for Sri Lanka and Australia home series in January next year, BCCI announced on Monday. Rohit Sharma and Mohammad Shami have been rested from the T20I series against Sri Lanka, while Shikhar Dhawan makes a comeback in both the squads.
Dhawan, who had a deep gash on his knee which required 25 stitches, has also made a comeback to both the squads, chairman of selectors M S K Prasad announced after a meeting of the five-member panel in New Delhi.
“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 selectors MSK Prasad told reporters after a selection meeting in New Delhi.
India play Australia and Sri Lanka at home back to back in early January.
India are to face Sri Lanka in three T20Is between January 5 and January 10, followed by three ODIs against Australia from January 14 to 19. In fact, Bumrah looked so impressive during his nets session in Vizag that the pacer was told by the physio he was good enough to even play Ranji Trophy cricket for Gujarat.
“(As for) Hardik, we will have a look at him in the third week of January,” Prasad said, indicating that the all-rounder could only be available in the second half of New Zealand tour.
On Friday, reports of the Rahul Dravid-headed NCA denying Bumrah his test surfaced, stemming to the fact that the pacer decided to train with his set of specialists rather than the ones at the NCA. BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly reiterated that every bowler goes through the NCA to prove his match fitness and that Bumrah will be no exception.
India Squad for Sri Lanka T20Is: Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Washington Sundar.
India Squad for Australia ODIs: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul,Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal,Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini,Jasprit Bumrah,Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami.