Hardik Pandya To Lead India For The T20s In New Zealand, Umran Malik Called Back
By CricShots - Oct 31, 2022 7:40 pm
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Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan have been named as the captains for India T20I and ODI squads respectively for the tour of New Zealand, which will be commencing on November 18. With Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli rested, Rishabh Pant has been appointed vice-captain of both squads, while in a huge takeaway, Umran Malik will be returning to the T20I set-up. Even Dinesh Karthik and Mohammed Shami are also missing from the squad. 

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya played a flamboyant knock

The youngsters like Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, and Mohammed Siraj are set to usher Team India into the next era. Apart from them, Shreyas Iyer and Kuldeep Yadav return to the T20I squad as they did well against South Africa at home in ODIs.

Iyer was drafted in India’s T20 World Cup squad as a reserve and will look to give his career a fresh start in T20Is. In T20Is, he scored 153 runs from five games, including scores of 44, unbeaten 33, and 58* this year. 

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Umran’s return is one that takes the cake though as he was their with eth squad in the series against Ireland and England. There has been a huge hue and cry about Umran’s chances of making it to the T20 World Cup squad but the selectors decided otherwise.

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Umran Malik

With a plethora of legendary fast bowlers – such as Wasim Akram, Brett Lee, and Dale Steyn – being vocal in their support for Umran, here is the rookie pacer’s chance to have a crack at the BlackCaps batters in chilly New Zealand conditions.

India’s T20I squad: Hardik Pandya (Captain), Rishabh Pant (Vice-captain), Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Harshal Patel, Siraj, Bhuvneshwar, Arshdeep, Umran Malik

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India’s ODI squad: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Rishabh Pant (Vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Chahal Kuldeep Yadav, Shahbaz Ahmed, Washington, Umran Malik, Kuldeep Sen, Arshdeep Singh, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.