'SKY ka asli format T20' - Fans react as India set to name new captain in Hardik Pandya's absence for T20I series against Australia

Cricket News: India set to name new captain in Hardik Pandya's absence for T20I series against Australia. Reports claim Suryakumar Yadav to be the prime candidate.

Sarah Andrew
Nov 17, 2023 18:55 IST
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Suryakumar Yadav (Source: Twitter)

India is set to announce new captain for the T20I series against Australia, which is set to happen later in Novemeber. Australia has been in India for a long tour since the September. Australia played India in the ODI series before the start of the ODI World Cup 2023. Now the Kangaroos are playing in the big tournament, pretty well. After the conclusion of the tournament, Australia will play in the T20I series. 

Just after 5 days of the conclusion of the final of the World Cup, the two teams will face each other in the first T20I. For the series, India is likely to name Suryakumar Yadav as the captain. The move comes as Hardik Pandya was ruled out of the T20I series against both Australia and South Africa which are set to happen later after the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023. 

It is a big blow for India. But in the absence of Hardik, India can get to test some of the potential options for captaincy, who can take India forward. Suryakumar Yadav has been one of the consistent performers for India in the shortest format of the game. Since his debut in 2021, the aggressive batter has been the best in the format. In a short period, Yadav has achieved a lot. 

Seniors likely to be given rest

Suryakumar has performed well in the home and away series against strong teams like New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, England, and West Indies. Even in the T20 World Cup 2022, Suryakumar was very good. Reports suggest that for the shortest format of the game, seniors might be rested, as they would be after a long hectic schedule of ODIs. 

The likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, and other senior players have been playing ODIs continuously since September. These players might be a part of the Test series against South Africa. In order top give them some rest before the big tour, India might pick some youngsters in the squad. 

Here's how the fans reacted to the news:

#India #Suryakumar Yadav #Australia #Hardik Pandya