BCCI have announced the 12-member squad for the 1st T20I against Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane to be played on Wednesday with Virat Kohli returning, after resting for the West Indies T20I series.
BCCI have announced the 12-member squad for the 1st T20I against Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane to be played on Wednesday with Virat Kohli returning, after resting for the West Indies T20I series.

BCCI have announced the 12-member squad for the 1st T20I against Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane to be played on Wednesday with Virat Kohli returning, after resting for the West Indies T20I series. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli’s higher-ranked team fancied for first T20I

Manish Pandey, who played the first T20I against West Indies misses out with Yuzvendra Chahal named as the 12th member of the squad. Krunal Pandya retains his place in the team after a decent debut series with the Indian team while Rishabh Pant will take the gloves behind the stumps and will bat at No.5. ALSO READ: India start favourites against unsettled Australia

Washington Sundar, who played the final T20I against West Indies makes way for Jasprit Bumrah. ALSO READ: Weakened Australia still ‘world-class’: Virat Kohli

In Kohli they have the best all-format batsman in the game, with KL Rahul ranked fourth in T20Is and Rohit Sharma seventh, while in the bowling the masterful pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are back to add strength to an attack featuring the fourth-ranked T20I bowler, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav. Confidence is high, as Rohit stated this week, and now channeling the good vibrations into the first match of a tough tour is what India need to do. They are a team that walk the talk in limited-overs cricket, and will back themselves to win again after sweeping Australia 3-0 in T20Is in 2016.

Team: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL rahul, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed and Yuzvendra Chahal.