NEW DELHI: The 15-member Indian squad for the five-match T20I series against Zimbabwe has been announced, with key players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav being rested.
Other notable names that will miss the series are Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah who all are competing in the ongoing T20 World Cup in the Americas but were given rest ahead of a gruelling season.
The series is set to commence on July 6 in Harare. The subsequent matches will take place on July 7, 10, 13, and 14, all of which will be played in Harare.
Shubman Gill has been appointed captain in absence of regular skipper Rohit. Nitish Reddy, Riyan Parag, Abhishek Sharma and Tushar Deshpande has been rewarded for their IPL exploits with maiden national call-ups.
The upcoming series, which will be played without the services of key pacers Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Arshdeep Singh, who have been given a well-deserved break.
In their absence, Khaleel Ahmed and Avesh Khan, who were part of the standby group for the T20 World Cup, have been included in the main squad.
Another notable inclusion is Rinku Singh, a talented batsman who was surprisingly omitted from the T20 World Cup squad for the tournaments held in the USA and West Indies. His selection comes as a relief to his supporters, who were disappointed by his earlier exclusion.
The 15-member squad also includes Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal, both of whom were part of the contingent during the T20 World Cup but did not feature in the playing eleven.
As far as the newcomers are concerned, Abhishek and Parag dominated IPL 17 the most with their brilliant batting.
Punjab batsman Abhishek, who represent Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, had blazed away to 484 runs while Rajasthan Royals’ Parag, the first player from Assam to be picked in the senior Indian team, amassed 573 runs.
Squad: Shubman Gill (Captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Abhishek Sharma, Rinku Singh, Sanju Samson (WK), Dhruv Jurel (WK), Nitish Reddy, Riyan Parag, Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Khaleel Ahmed, Mukesh Kumar, Tushar Deshpande.