Indian Squad Announced for Australia 2020-2021, Surprising exclusions and Call-ups.

Indian Squad Announced across formats for Australia 2020-2021

The selectors have met and announced the squad that is to tour Australia this year.
KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav return to the Test squad while Mohammad Siraj earns his first test call-up.
Ishant Sharma, who suffered an injury in the IPL, isn’t named in the Test squad as he is still recovering from injury. Having announced that the first test may fit him in Adelaide, Ishant Sharma’s progress will be monitored.

Ishant Sharma’s exclusion from the Indian test squad is crucial as he is such a critical bowler. He’s been a part of every Australian tour since 2008 and is three tests away from being the second Indian fast bowler to take 100 wickets. The first is Kapil Dev.

The record is an example of how important Ishant Sharma is to the bowling line-up.

He has been a part of some of India’s crucial overseas victory in the past.

His short-ball attack in Lord, 2014, and his spell to Ricky Ponting in Perth 2008 are some notable and entertaining performances by the tall fast bowler.

His absence allows Navdeep Saini to get his first test call-up.

Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma have not been named in any of the squads after injuries in the IPL

Rohit Sharma is not included in any of the Indian Squads, which is another shocking exclusion. Rohit Sharma suffered a hamstring injury against the Kings XI Punjab and is in recovery mode.

There’s no update on Rohit’s participation during the rest of the IPL, and his progress will also be monitored as time goes on.
Rohit is another crucial player in Australia with his experience. He is a highly experienced player and one of the best at taking on the short balls.

His pull shots make him a dangerous batsman on the bouncy Australian pitches, and India will surely miss Rohit Sharma’s aggressive stroke play at the top.
In Rohit’s absence, the openers in the squad are Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, and Shubman Gill.
KL Rahul is also included in the Test squad, having been out of the test side last year.

His form in the IPL and his technique may have played a role in his recall to the side.
Siraj is the fifth bowling option on the test side after Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Navdeep Saini, and Umesh Yadav.
Kuldeep Yadav joins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the Test squad to form the spin contingent.

Siraj, on the other hand, has regularly impressed the selectors on the A tours and in domestic cricket.
Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha are the two wicket-keepers on tour.

Rishabh Pant has been left out of the white ball squads but maintains his place longer. He had a good time in Australia before making a test century while also enjoying some good banter with Australian captain Tim Paine.

His banter made him very famous amongst the Australians and made him noticed by the Australian Prime Minister.
Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, and Ajinkya Rahane are the specialist batsmen along with Virat Kohli.

Pujara was the man-of-the-series on the last trip to Australia and was the defining factor in a historic series win.
He fell off the radar before the series began and surprised the Australians, who will indeed watch out for Pujara this time.

KL Rahul is back in the test side

Kuldeep Yadav last played a Test in Australia, where he took a five-wicket haul.

Along with the test squad, four bowlers are being sent along with the Indian team.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, Kartik Tyagi, and T Natarajan are the additional bowlers traveling with the Indian side.

Test Squad:

Batsmen: Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, and Hanuma Vihari.

Pacers: Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, and Mohammad Siraj

Spinners: Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Kuldeep Yadav

Wicket-keepers: Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha

Limited Overs Squad:

Rishabh Pant and Rohit Sharma are notable exclusions from the white-ball squads. While Rohit Sharma is nursing a hamstring, injury is having his progress watched. The reasons behind Pant’s exclusion are not known.

Tamil Nadu leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy has earned his maiden national call-up and part of the T20 squad.
He is in the middle of a dream IPL season and is the only bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul in the ongoing IPL.

Hardik Pandya returns to the limited-overs sides after being out with injury since 2019.

Due to back surgery, it is still uncertain whether Pandya will play as a specialist batsman or an all-rounder.

Considering the Mumbai Indians have still not tested his bowling workload, Pandya is likely to play as a specialist batsman.
KL Rahul is the vice-captain for the Indian side in Rohit Sharma’s absence.

He is also the only wicket-keeper in the one-day side, while Sanju Samson is there in the T20 squad.

Shikhar Dhawan makes it back to the limited-overs sides after being in and out of the team due to various injuries. His presence will help India play an experienced opener, something they missed in the one-day series against New Zealand after Dhawan and Rohit were injured.

Dhawan has been in stellar form; this IPL has been made back to back centuries and going past 50 four times in a row.

Ravindra Jadeja is in all three squads. He has done well in IPL 2020 with the bat for the Chennai Super Kings but is yet to impact the ball.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami find themselves on the limited sides as well, along with Navdeep Saini.

Navdeep Saini has been named in all three squads after earning his maiden test call-up

Navdeep Saini is currently injured, having split his webbing but is likely to recover very soon.
Deepak Chahar is the fourth seamer in the T20 squad, having done well in the national T20 side over the last year.

Shardul Thakur takes up the same role on the one-day side, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar will have to wait for his international comeback.
Following a thigh injury, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s tour was put in doubt and has now been omitted from the squads as he may not recover in time.

Washington Sundar and Manish Pandey retain their places in the squad after a consistent performance in the IPL and the New Zealand series in February.

Sanju Samson has also retained his spot in the T20 side, while Shreyas Iyer is in both the limited-overs teams.

Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Navdeep Saini, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav, and Ravindra Jadeja are a part of all three squads on tour.

Virat Kohli will continue to lead the sides across formats while KL Rahul has been named vice-captain of the limited-overs sides.

Due to an injury to Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul will be the vice-captain and has previously taken up the role in February against New Zealand.

While taking up the role in the past he has also gotten the chance to lead the side in Rohit Sharma’s absence as Rohit was out calf injury for some of the latter parts of the series.

Ajinkya Rahane continues as the vice-captain of the test side which has a balanced batting line-up.

Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli are among the more experienced players in the batting line-up and are likely to play a key role as the series goes on.

India’s success in the test format is heavily dependent on how the three batsmen go.

Varun Chakravarthy has earnt his maiden T20 call-up after a strong IPL performance

One Day Squad:

Batsmen: Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill.
Bowlers: Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja.
Wicket-keepers: KL Rahul.

T20i Squad

Batsmen: Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill.
Bowlers: Bowlers: Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy.
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar.
Wicket-keepers: KL Rahul, Sanju Samson.