BCCI on Saturday (February 20) announced Team India’s 19-member squad for the five-match T20I series against England, starting March 12 in Ahmedabad.
Middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav finally earned his maiden call-up to the national team after consistent performances for Mumbai in domestic cricket as well as Mumbai Indians in the IPL.
Suryakumar has played a key role in MI’s triumphant IPL 2020 campaign in UAE. He finished the IPL 13 with 480 runs from 16 matches at a strike rate of 145.01 with 4 half-centuries.
No wonder, his selection snub during the Australia tour late last year had created hue and cry.
As soon as BCCI announced the squad and Suryakumar Yadav featured in the last, cricket fraternity took to Twitter and congratulated the Mumbai lad.
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Apart from Suryakumar, Ishan Kishan and Rahul Tewatia also received their maiden call-up to India’s T20 squad while seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned from injury.
Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav and middle-order Manish Pandey have been dropped whereas pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been rested.
India's T20I squad:
Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur.