Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel named in India’s T20I squad for New Zealand series

Star performers in the IPL 2021 Ruturaj Gaikwad, Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan have rewarded with India call-ups for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand.

Ruturaj and Harshal ended the IPL 2021 campaign as the Orange cap and Purple cap winners and were rewarded with a national call-up. On the other hand, Venkatesh and Avesh were part of India’s camp ahead of the T20 World Cup.

The All India Selection Committee chaired by Chetan Sharma named Rohit Sharma as the new T20I captain replacing Virat Kohli, who relinquished his leadership duties after the ICC T20 World Cup. Stylish batsman KL Rahul has been named as Rohit’s deputy.

Big guns Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya, who had fitness issues has been rested. On the other hand, spinners Rahul Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy and all-rounder Shardul Thakur have also been dropped from the squad.

Veteran leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who was left out from India’s T20 World Cup squad has been picked along with Mohammed Siraj. Deepak Chahar and Shreyas Iyer, who were the travelling reserves during the global T20 meet have also been added to the squad.

The three T20Is will be played in Jaipur (November 17), Ranchi (November 19) and Kolkata (November 21).

India’s squad for New Zealand series: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj

Umran Malik picked up in India A squad for South Africa tour

Young fast bowler from Jammu & Kashmir Umran Malik, who grabbed eyeballs during IPL 2021, has been picked in the India A squad for the upcoming South Africa. Devdutt Padikkal and Prithvi Shaw have also been named in the side led by Priyank Panchal.

The squad is scheduled to play three four-day games in Bloemfontein, starting on November 23.

India A Squad: Priyank Panchal (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Devdutt Padikkal, Sarfaraz Khan, Baba Aparajith, Upendra Yadav (wicket-keeper), K Gowtham, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Umran Malik, Ishan Porel, Arzan Nagwaswalla

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