Kohli in Dhoni’s shoes; Yuvi makes a comeback against England

RSTV Bureau

Test captain Virat Kohli has been named captain for the limited overs game (ODIs, T20s), two days after Mahendra Singh Dhoni quit captaincy.

Team for 3 ODIs: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, Umesh Yadav

Team for 3 T20Is: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Mandeep Singh, KL Rahul, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, Ashish Nehra.

Cricket-Virat-KohliOn Friday, the selection committee announced the Indian side for the upcoming ODIs and T20s against England.

Apart from naming Kohli as the captain, Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra have made a comeback to the side. Rookie keeper from Delhi, Rishabh Pant is now part of the T20 squad.

Among notable omissions, Ajinkya Rahane has been dropped from the T20 team and Pant replaces him as a batsman who will also be Dhoni’s understudy in limited overs for the time being.

“We know what Mahi is all about, he is a captain by nature, a leader from the front,” MSK Prasad, selection committee chairman said in praise of the outgoing captain.

Yuvraj was in splendid form during the Ranji Trophy and scored 672 runs in five games at an average of 84 with a highest score of 260 against Baroda before he took a break due to his marriage.

“We should appreciate how Yuvraj has played. He did extremely well in domestic cricket, which has been appreciated,” Prasad said while talking about how Yuvi was making a comeback 9 months after the World T20 last year.

With the three ODIs against England, starting January 15, being the only 50-over matches before the Champions Trophy in England, the selectors named all the top players in both teams barring Rahane.

Both Nehra and Yuvraj will also be needed during the Champions Trophy given their experience in English conditions.

Top spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be playing all six matches while a fit-again Shikhar Dhawan has been picked only for the ODIs.

Dhawan’s replacement opener, who is likely to partner KL Rahul in T20s would be Punjab’s Mandeep Singh. Batsman Manish Pandey has made it to both the squads.

The Indian pace attack also remains the same in both the formats with Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah sharing the workload with seamer-all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

In the ODIs, Amit Mishra will be the leg-spinner and will be replaced by statemate Yuzvendra Chahal in the shortest format.

Suresh Raina found his place in the shorter format for his prowess in the T20 version while Rahane retained his place in the 50-over format.

The series against England will start with the first ODI in Pune followed by games in Cuttack (Jan 19) and Kolkata (Jan 22). The T20s are scheduled from January 26 to February 1 in Kanpur, Nagpur and Bangalore.

(With inputs from PTI)