Suryakumar Yadav Is All Set To Lead Team India For Australia T20Is: The Indian cricket team is scheduled to play 5 T20Is against Australia at home following the conclusion of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The series will kickstart on November 23 in Vizag with the following games to be played in Thiruvananthapuram (Nov 26), Guwahati (Nov 28), Nagpur (Dec 1), and Hyderabad (Dec 3).
As the focus will shift to the shortest format of the game, the senior players featured in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023 will take a backseat. However, the Indian side suffered a big blow as the Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya was ruled out of action during the World Cup.
Suryakumar Yadav Is All Set To Lead Team India For Australia T20Is
For the unversed, Hardik Pandya, who has been leading the team in the shortest format lately, is unlikely to be available for 5-match series against the Aussies.
According to a news agency PTI, Hardik Pandya will require more time to recover from his left ankle ligament tear. It has also been learned that the Indian squad will be announced only after India’s World Cup semi-final.
“There is some time before Hardik can be declared fit and available for selection. It would be more practical for him to try and complete his rehabilitation with a possible ‘RTP’ (Return To Play) during SA series. It will certainly be NCA Sports science team’s call,” a senior BCCI source privy to the developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
Ruturaj Gaikwad is also an option
Meanwhile, the Indian cricket team will be leaving for South Africa after hosting the Australian cricket team. It is expected that Hardik Pandya will be to get fit by the time the T20 series against the South African side, which will begin on December 10 in Durban.
The report also suggested that either Suryakumar Yadav, the designated vice-captain of the T20I side, or young Ruturaj Gaikwad will be leading the side. While Surya is playing in the ODI World Cup, the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and the senior pace unit, will be resting ahead of the Test series.