Virat Kohli Rested, MS Dhoni Axed from T20I series & Parthiv Patel back for Australia series

MS Dhoni dropped, Virat Kohli rested from T20I against WI; Parthiv Patel back for Australia series.

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has been rested from the upcoming three-match T20 International series against the West Indies.

In Virat Kohli’s absence, Rohit Sharma will lead the Indian squad. However, Virat Kohli will be back to lead the Men-in-Blue in the three-match T20I series against Australia starting November 21.

Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has been axed from team India for both T20I series against West Indies and Australia.

With MS Dhoni out from T20I squad, rookie wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant would don the gloves for India, announced BCCI’s chief of selectors MSK Prasad.

As the exclusion of Dhoni surprised many, MSK Prasad clarified that it is not the end of MS Dhoni’s T20I cricketing career.

“Dhoni is not going to play the 6 T20Is because we’re looking at the second keeper slot. It is not the end of Dhoni in T20Is,” MSK Prasad said.

Talking about the four-match Test series against Australia, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay and Parthiv Patel have made a comeback in the Indian squad.

Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Siraj, who earned their maiden Test call-ups during the Windies Test series, have been dropped from the squad. Hardik Pandya has also not been included in the Indian squad for Australia Test.

India squad for West Indies T20Is: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav and Shahbaz Nadeem.

India squad for Australia T20Is: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Khaleel Ahmed.

Squad for the 4-Test series vs Australia: Virat Kohli (C), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

India A team for First Four Day game against New Zealand A: M Vijay, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Parthiv Patel (wk), K Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Md Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar,R Gurbani, Vijay Shankar and KS Bharath.

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