Sun, 18 Sep 2022 09:15 AM IST
Ahead of the T20I series against Australia, India suffered a major blow as veteran pacer Mohammed Shami will the miss the series after testing positive for COVID19. BCCI have announced Umesh Yadav as his replacement in the squad.
India will host Australia for three-match shortest format series commencing in Mohali from September 20.
"Fast bowler Mohd. Shami will not be able to take part in the upcoming three-day Mastercard T20I series against Australia after testing positive for COVID-19. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Umesh Yadav as his replacement," BCCI said in a release.
The 35-year-old Umesh's comeback is nothing short of a fairytale in this format as his county stint with Middlesex was cut short by a quadriceps injury. He had a terrific first leg of the 2022 IPL for KKR when he swung the ball at a great pace.
For Middlesex, he had a terrific Royal London Cup in which he took 16 wickets in 7 List A games including a five-wicket and a four-wicket haul.
Shami is expected to be available for India's next home assignment against South Africa later this month. The veteran pacer is also part of India's T20 World Cup squad but only as a reserve player.
India squad for Australia series: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.
In another announcement from BCCI, Navdeep Saini has been ruled out of India A squad for the upcoming series against New Zealand A. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Rishi Dhawan as Saini’s replacement in India A squad.
"He sustained a right groin injury on Day 1 of the Duleep Trophy semi-final match between North Zone and South Zone. He is ruled out of the ongoing tournament and also from the upcoming three-match one-day series between India A and New Zealand A. Saini will now head to the NCA for further management of his injury," BCIC said.
India A squad: Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Rajat Patidar, Sanju Samson (Captain), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Kuldeep Yadav, Shabhaz Ahmed, Rahul Chahar, Tilak Varma, Kuldeep Sen, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Rishi Dhawan, Raj Angad Bawa.