The upcoming T20 series between India and Australia is set to kick off with the first match scheduled for November 23 in Visakhapatnam. With star all-rounder Hardik Pandya unavailable, Suryakumar Yadav has been entrusted with the captaincy, while Ruturaj Gaikwad will serve as the vice-captain.
The selection committee has made some unexpected choices for the series. Notably, seasoned leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, as well as Ryan Parag, Abhishek Sharma, and Sanju Samson, have been omitted from the squad. Despite Chahal being the leading wicket-taker for India in T20 cricket, he was excluded from the ODI World Cup 2023 squad and has now been left out of the T20 series against Australia.
Ravi Bishnoi has been chosen as his replacement. Abhishek Sharma from Punjab, a proficient left-arm spin bowler who amassed 485 runs in 10 matches during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, also failed to secure a spot in the team. Meanwhile, Chahal recently reacted to his snub from the squad as he took to social media to post a smiling emoji on X (formerly known as Twitter).
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) November 20, 2023
Suryakumar Yadav didn’t have a great World Cup campaign
The Indian selectors have demonstrated faith in the players who showcased impressive performances during the Ireland tour and at the Asian Games for the upcoming T20 series against Australia (IND vs AUS). Gaikwad, who led the Indian team to a gold medal victory in the Asian Games held in China, has been appointed as the vice-captain.
Talking about Suryakumar, who will be leading the young Indian team in the upcoming T20I series against Australia, he didn’t impress much in the recently concluded ODI World Cup where the Indian team lost the final match by 6 wickets. The right-handed batter had a golden chance to shine in the final match but he ended up scoring just 18 runs.
India’s squad against Australia:
Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad (vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shivam Dubey, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar
Here’s how fans reacted:
Literally giving 6th class heartbroken girl’s whatsaap status vibes
— dinesh (@dinesh__bhanot) November 20, 2023
Is muskurahat k pechy jo dukh h wo hum smjh skty hn
— ibrahim🚬 (@ap_ka_ibrahim) November 20, 2023
Feel you Chahal Bhai 💔
— A K $ H A Y (@Akshay_Patil_07) November 20, 2023
Role bhai, man halka karle
— Shreyy (@Sadly_shrey) November 20, 2023
Yuzi RN pic.twitter.com/rXJCDaUryo
— Bobby Ajum (@Bobby_Ajum) November 20, 2023
Feel For Yuzi !! Man can just smile about it
— Utkarsh (@utkarshh_tweet) November 20, 2023
Kyun itna muskura rhe ho, kya gam hai jo chhipa rhe ho
— Anuj Mishra (@anujmishra003) November 20, 2023
Congratulations for the career bro
Wishing u a great life after retirement
— Amit Sharma (@ronaldostan_07) November 20, 2023
Thriller bolke horror movie dikha di isne 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/wZrQquhoi1
— Amit Shah (Parody) (@Motabhai012) November 20, 2023