Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant Rested as India name ODI squad for Zimbabwe tour
Shikhar Dhawan is set to lead India once again as they play Zimbabwe in a three-match ODI series in Harare on August 18. Most regular senior members of the team like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been rested once again. Rishabh Pant, who scored a match-winning century against England recently, has been rested as well.
The two wicket-keepers picked for this series are Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson. The latter scored a fifty in an ODI against West Indies recently.
Deepak Hooda and Shubman Gill have retained their places in the squad after showing good form in the recent ODI series against West Indies.
Rahul Tripathi, who enjoyed an excellent IPL season with the Sunrisers Hyderabad, has found a place in the squad as well. It looks like he could end up making his ODI debut here as India have gone with only five specialist baatters in the squad and Tripathi is one of them.
The bowling attack looks rather inexperienced but there is some serious talent there. Deepak Chahar along with Mohammad Siraj are expected to play as the lead pacers here whereas the likes of Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan and Shardul Thakur could be seen in supporting roles. It remains to be seen which spin duo India goes with in this series as they have picked three spinners in Axar Patel, Washington Sundar and Kuldeep Yadav. Hooda is also there to bowl part-time off-spin.
All three matches will be played in Harare, on August 18, 20 and 22 respectively.
India's squad for the three ODIs against Zimbabwe
Shikhar Dhawan (Capt), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.