‘Virat Kohli dropped again’: Twitter in overdrive as BCCI name squad for ZIM ODI | Cricket

Twitter went into overdrive once BCCI announced a 15-man squad for the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe minus Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant and other seniors. The Indian selectors again gave no official reason for their absence as fans scratched their heads especially with Kohli’s absence. The former India captain, who has been terribly out of shape of late, was not part of the ODI and T20I squads in the West Indies series.

Shikhar Dhawan, who led India to a 3-0 ODI series against the West Indies, was again named as captain of the squad that saw Deepak Chahar and Washington Sundar return from injuries.

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Sundar has made a great start to his English career with Lancashire, while Deepak Chahar has successfully completed his rehabilitation after hamstring and back injuries.

Chahar has not played competitive cricket for five months and also missed the 2022 IPL season.

Washington’s comeback has been according to expectations as he has had a difficult year over the past year due to a hand injury and contracting COVID-19.

He has had a successful rehabilitation with NCA and in the three games he has played for Lancashire, he has already taken a five wicket haul.

Most of the players who were part of the set-up were chosen with rookie Rahul Tripathi, after being part of Ireland’s T20Is squad, receiving a maiden call to the ODI side.

India is touring Zimbabwe for the first time since 2016. The three ODIs will be played in Harare on August 18, 20 and 22.

India’s squad for 3 ODIs: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj , Deepak Chahar.

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