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India tour of New Zealand | Rohit comes back, Samson dropped from T20I squad

Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the third and final ODI against West Indies in Cuttack on December 22, 2019.

Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the third and final ODI against West Indies in Cuttack on December 22, 2019.   | Photo Credit: K.R. Deepak

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The selection committee kept the ODI and Test squads on hold for the time being.

Rohit Sharma returned to the T20 squad while Sanju Samson was dropped for the five-match series in New Zealand, starting January 24, according to a BCCI release. The Mumbai opener was rested for the T20I series against Sri Lanka which the hosts won 2-0.

The release added that Vijay Shankar has been included in the India-A squad for the New Zealand tour since Hardik Pandya’s rehabilitation process is taking longer than expected.

T20 Squad for tour of New Zealand:

Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami.

PTI adds:

The five-match T20 series against New Zealand will begin on January 24 in Auckland.

The selection committee under outgoing chairman MSK Prasad kept the ODI and Test squads on hold for the time being.

“There are no surprises in the Indian T20 squad with Rohit as usual coming back in place of Sanju, who is already in New Zealand with the A team. All the other players picked themselves,” a senior BCCI official privy to selection matters told PTI on the condition of anonymity.

Interestingly, the Test and the ODI squads were not announced and it is believed that Hardik Pandya’s latest fitness drama could be the reason.

Vijay Shankar had replaced Pandya in the India A squad for New Zealand shadow tour.

“Hardik Pandya was boarding the flight to New Zealand for A team without playing a Ranji match. If we go by media reports, his trainer has said that there are workload issues with regards to his bowling. That itself implies that he is not fit. I think the BCCI will instruct Hardik to first play Ranji Trophy for Baroda and prove his fitness,” another senior board source said.

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