Shami comes in, Negi included for Asia Cup, World T20
New Delhi: Shami had returned from Australia before the ODI series had started with a hamstring injury, as well as the BCCI had a place, at that time, that his healing period would be between four to six weeks. Sandeep Patil, the chairman of selectors, confirmed that the Bengal quick bowler that there was not reserve fast bowler should Shami endure a recurrence and had recuperated.
“Mohammed Shami is fit, bowling nicely and has recuperated, that’s all I can say right now,” said Patil after the squad for both tournaments was named on Friday. “Viewing Manish Pandey, it’s difficult to say whether a player is dropped or rested, it’s a tough call to make because Manish did exceptionally well in Australia. He’s a player for the future.”
Pandey, who scored a match-winning maiden ODI century in the final match in Sydney recently, is Kohli’s replacement for the Sri Lanka series but the selectors stuck with Ajinkya Rahane, who also gives the team a relief opener’s option.
The squad, to be led by MS Dhoni, is otherwise the same as the one selected for the Sri Lanka series. Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra remain, as do the rookie pair of Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are the first-pick spinners, as well as the men now serving as cover for them are Harbhajan Singh along with the uncapped left-arm spinner Negi. Negi, 23, was this week named in the T20 squad for Sri Lanka and has really been kept for the Asia Cup and World T20.
From the squad that toured Australia recently, Rishi Dhawan, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Umesh Yadav had been shed for the Sri Lanka series and-and it haven’t been recalled
India opens their Asia Cup campaign using a match against hosts Bangladesh on February 24 in Mirpur, followed by fixtures versus Pakistan (February 27), Sri Lanka (March 1), and yet another league match against one of Afghanistan, UAE, Hong Kong and Oman who’ve to quality for the main stage.
Come the World Twenty20 in mid-March, and India are in a second-round pool alongside Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand and also the victor of the qualifying pool. The first match in India will likely be in Nagpur against New Zealand on March 15, a team that have never beaten in four encounters. Four days after, they face Pakistan in Dharamsala on March 19, a high-voltage brush which has been identified by BCCI secretary and head of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association as the match of the tournament. The following Wednesday (March 23) is India’s this match agains Qualifier 1A at Bangalore’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium. On Sunday, March 27 they play Australia in Mohali.
All their matches are day-night fixtures.
India T20 squad: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane/Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi.