National Selectors Drop MS Dhoni From India's T-20I Squad Against Windies And Australia

| October 27 , 2018 , 16:05 IST

The MSK Prasad-led national selection panel on Friday has announced a 15-man T20I squad for the three matches series against Windies as well as for the forthcoming series against Australia in their den.

The big bombshell dropped by the selectors in the form of dropping legendary wicket-keeper MS Dhoni in the squads for the series. Young keeper Rishabh Pant was handed up the responsibility of standing behind the stumps.

Even Indian skipper Virat Kohli will too miss out on the Windies series, and Rohit Sharma will be seen leading the team in the three-match rubber. However, Kohli will be back for the Australia series.

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It is learnt that the upcoming Windies series will be Rohit's third opportunity to lead the Men in Blue in a full series after a victorious campaign in Nidahas Trophy and earlier against Sri Lanka in 2017 at home.

Talking about the other major changes in the squad from the one that played against England in July, was Suresh Raina has been dropped, Washington Sundar and Khaleel Ahmed have been included. And, Shahbaz Nadeem has been taken for the home series but left out for the Australia games.

Look at the India's squad for West Indies T20I series- Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar, KL Rahul, DK, Manish, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem

For Australia T20I series- Virat Kohli (C), Rohit (vc), Shikhar, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish, DK, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed.

The Windies series will be played on November 04 in Kolkata, followed by the second in Lucknow on November 06 and the last in Chennai on November 11. On the other hand, India's tour of Australia will begin from next month, starting with a three-match T20I series, starting November 21. The remaining two matches will be played on November 23rd and November 25th.