The Men in Blue will now move to their next assignment, that is three-match ODI series against Australia, ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023. The side will take on the five-time champions at three different venues in Mohali, Indore and Rajkot from 22-27 September 2023.
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While one surprise inclusion was that of Ravichandran Ashwin, who is set to make a return after January 2022, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Washington Sundar were also named in the side, despite being named in the Asian Games squad. However, one notable name which missed out a place was Sanju Samson. The wicketkeeper-batter, who was named as the 18 th man in the Asia Cup squad, was dropped out of picture.
However, this omission did not rest well with the fans as several of them took to Twitter to lash out at the BCCI Selection Committee and the management. Not only this, the wicketkeeper-batter also took to social media to share a cryptic post after the squad announcement. The post included nothing, just a smiling emoji, which is now doing rounds on social media.
The Indian cricketer however moments later also shared a post on Instagram with a caption which read, “It is what it is!! I choose to keep moving forward,” with a smiling emoji and Indian flag.
Talking about the three-match series, KL Rahul has been named the captain for the first two ODIs with senior players including Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya being rested. However, all of them will return before the final ODI and has been named in the squad for the third ODI, set to be played on 27 th September in Rajkot.
India squad for first two ODIs:
KL Rahul (C), Ravindra Jadeja (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna.
India squad for third ODI:
Rohit Sharma (C), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel (subject to fitness), Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.