Had he been available for the Test, his participation in the T20I opener may have been touch and go, given it begins less than 48 hours after the scheduled completion of the fifth Test, which will complate the series that was postponed in the wake of covid cases in the Indian camp last September.
Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja, all of whom are part of the Test squad, will rejoin the white-ball setup for the second and third T20I.
This means there is no place for Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Venkatesh Iyer and the uncapped duo of Rahul Tripathi and Arshdeep Singh – who are all part of the T20I series opener – in India’s full-strength squad for the remainder of the T20I series.
There was also a recall for Shardul Thakur, who didn’t play a part in the home series against West Indies in February, and Axar Patel, who last played an ODI in 2017.
Kuldeep Yadav and Deepak Chahar, who were part of India’s previous ODI squad, miss out due to injuries. Both players are currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. Jadeja, meanwhile, is in line to play his first ODI in over 18 months after being included in the squad for the 50-overs format.
India’s squad for 1st T20I: Rohit Sharma (capt), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik
India’s squad for 2nd and 3rd T20I: Rohit Sharma (capt), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik
India’s squad for ODIs: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh
Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
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