The BCCI have announced the T20I squad for New Zealand series beginning 17 November in India, leaving out quite a few senior players and of course picking a new captain after Virat Kohli’s stint ended with the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Rohit Sharma will captain the side with KL Rahul as his deputy. However, there is no clarity yet about whether Rohit and Rahul are taking up the roles permanently.
KKR’s Venkatesh Iyer has been called up for the squad for the first time while other uncapped players brought in are Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan. Ruturaj Gaikwad, who won the Orange cap in IPL 2021, has been brought in too. Gaikwad had played two games on the Sri Lanka tour.
R Ashwin, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and Ishan Kishan who were all part of the 2021 T20 World Cup have also been included in the 16-man squad. Shreyas Iyer, who was a reserve at the World Cup has also been included.
The selection committee have also brought back Yuzvendra Chahal in the squad and there is no place for Rahul Chahar. Left arm spinner Axar Patel, who had been left out of the WC squad in the weeks before the tournament has been brought back in for the series. Axar had been replaced by Shardul Thakur.
Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul, Ravindra Jadeja, and Hardik Pandya along with Virat Kohli have been left out. Also out of the squad is the mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy, who went wicketless over three World Cup games.