Ruturaj Gaikwad, who is expected to lead India in the T20 series against Australia starting November 23, is the favourite to replace Hardik Pandya.
Hardik Pandya is out of the India-Australia T20 Series (IND vs AUS T20 Series). The series starts on Oct 23, four day after the Cricket World Cup Final. The squad will be announced on Wednesday November 15, as selectors were waiting for an update regarding the premier allrounder.
Hardik Pandya’s BCCI Medical team recommended a 6- to 8-week rest period after he suffered a ligament injury during a Cricket World Cup league game against Bangladesh on October 19, 2018. BCCI replaced Hardik Pandya with Prasidh Kshirsa after the swelling didn’t subside. Hardik Pandya will attempt to make a successful comeback during the white ball series against South Africa, which takes place in December.
Who will lead India vs Australia in T20?
The selectors are optimistic about Hardik’s recovery, but he has not yet been fully fit. Ruturaj gaikwad will lead India in the Cricket World Cup as most of the squad will take a rest. Suryakumar, Rohit Sharma, and Virat will also be taking a break. Prasidh is set to return to the squad in time for the IND vs AUS T20 Series.
The squad will look similar to the Asian Games team of 2023, which won a gold in China.
VVS Laxman to be India’s coach
VVS Laxman is the head coach of the five-match IND vs AUS T20 T20 series.
Sitanshu kotak and Sairaj bahutule are his associates in the series.
If he accepts a contract extension after the Cricket World Cup, Rahul Dravid can return for the South Africa Tour. Dravid’s deal ends after the WC.