Kathmandu. After Virat Kohli relinquished the captaincy of the T20 team, Rohit Sharma will be captaining India in the upcoming T20 series against New Zealand.
The BCCI on Tuesday announced a team of 16 players under Rohit’s captaincy. In which KL Rahul is the vice-captain.
This will be India’s first series under new head coach Rahul Dravid.
Ravi Shastri, who has just completed his tenure as India’s coach along with Kohli, also said that Rohit Sharma was a contender for the new captaincy. But for the time being, the BCCI has only appointed Rohit as the captain for the series against New Zealand. There is no mention in the BCCI statement about making him the full-time captain.
India will play a three-match T20 series against New Zealand starting on November 17.
Along with Virat, Jaspreet Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested for the T20 series against New Zealand.
Yujbhendra Chahal, who was not in the team to play T20 World Cup, has returned to the team. Similarly, Rukuraj Gaekwad, who scored the most runs in IPL 2021, Benkates Ayre, Hershal Patel and Abhesh Khan have made a place in the team.
Ruturaj made his T20 cricket debut during a tour of Sri Lanka last July. The other three players are yet to play for India. Bencates, Herschel and Abhesh all had excellent performances in the IPL.
Similarly, Shreyas Aiyar and Akshar Patel, who are not in the T20 World Cup squad, have also made a place in the T20 squad.
Indian team to play against New Zealand
Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Ayer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kisan (wicketkeeper), Benkates Ayer, Yujbhendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Aksar Patel, Abhesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar , Deepak Chahar, Hershal Patel, Mohammad Siraj