8 Jan 2024

Why Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli get a place in Team India for T20 series against Afghanistan ahead of T20 World Cup 2024?

Many cricket lovers are surprised after the announcement of the Team India for the three-match T20 series against Afghanistan.

The return of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to the T20 team after almost a year means that the BCCI selectors want to give importance to experience in the next T20 World Cup-2024.

Last T20 series before the ICC World Cup

This is the last T20 series before the ICC World Cup to be held in West Indies and USA in June. It is being told that chief selector Ajit Agarkar had specially gone to Cape Town. This decision has been taken after consulting senior players and team management.

Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav are not fit

Rohit Sharma has been made the captain of the team. Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav, who led the team in his absence, are injured and not fit and are not available for selection.

Suryakumar suffered an ankle injury while fielding in the third and final ODI match played in Johannesburg. He recently had ankle surgery and is expected to return to training in a few months.

Hardik was injured during the league match against Bangladesh in Pune during the ODI World Cup in November. After that he has not been able to return to field. Both Hardik and Suryakumar are expected to return from IPL in March.

Rohit Sharma could lead India in T20 World Cup

In such a situation, the chances of Rohit Sharma leading India in the T20 World Cup have increased significantly. Ambitious Hardik Pandya will have to wait for captaincy in the World Cup.

However, for the IPL, Pandya has recently been made the captain of Mumbai Indians in place of Rohit Sharma.

KL Rahul excluded

The biggest surprise is that there is no place for KL Rahul in the 15-member team against Afghanistan even though he is in tremendous form in both ODI and Test. KL Rahul had expressed his intention to return to T20 after the successful tour of South Africa. In South Africa, he scored a Test century and led the ODI team to series victory under his captaincy.

Like KL Rahul, Rohit and Kohli have not played an international T20 match since the semi-final defeat by England in the T20 World Cup in November 2022.

Rohit and Kohli had decided to give priority to Test cricket and ODI 

Both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had decided to give priority to Test cricket and ODI ahead of the World Test Championship final and the ODI World Cup in 2023. Recently both of them had expressed their desire to play in the T20 World Cup.

Hardik Pandya has captained India in most of the matches since the 2022 T20 World Cup. After his injury, Suryakumar Yadav was made the captain.

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