With Hardik Pandya yet to recover from his ankle injury, Suryakumar Yadav
will lead India in the five-match T20I series against Australia, starting November 23. Ruturaj Gaikwad
will be the vice-captain for the first three games before handing over the responsibility to Shreyas Iyer
who will join the squad for the last two matches.
From the World Cup squad, Suryakumar, Ishan Kishan and Prasidh Krishna are the only ones named for the whole series, while Axar Patel
, who was ruled out of the World Cup with quadriceps strain, is back. However, there is no room for Sanju Samson and Shahbaz Ahmed, who were part of the squad for the Ireland T20Is in August.
The series will start just four days after India finished runners-ups in the World Cup final on Sunday in Ahmedabad. The T20Is will start in Visakhapatnam before the series moves to Thiruvananthapuram (November 26), Guwahati (November 28), Raipur (December 1), and Bengaluru (December 3).
India’s squad for Australia T20Is: Suryakumar Yadav (capt), Ruturaj Gaikwad (vice-capt), Ishan Kishan (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shivam Dube, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Shreyas Iyer (vice-capt, available only for last two T20Is)