Rohit Sharma to lead India in T20s against Bangladesh

Vastavam web: Rohit Sharma will lead India for the Twenty20 internationals against Bangladesh at home next month with regular captain Virat Kohli rested for the three-match series, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said on Thursday. Kohli will, however, return to lead the side against Bangladesh for the two tests, starting from Nov. 14, with the hosts eyeing their 12th consecutive test series victory at home.

World’s top-ranked side India retained the squad that whitewashed South Africa 3-0 at homes recently. Kohli’s men lead the points table for the recently-launched World Test Championship, having scripted five wins in as many matches. Mahendra Singh Dhoni continued to be out of the Twenty20 squad, raising questions on the long-serving wicketkeeper’s future in limited-overs cricket.

Subsequently he was left out of the squad for the limited-overs series against West Indies and South Africa. Rishabh Pant has been earmarked as Dhoni’s successor but the 22-year-old has faced flak for letting the team down with his penchant for throwing away his wicket with rash shots.

India’s selectors added Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who has played a lone T20 in 2015, to the squad to keep the pressure up on Pant ahead of next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia. Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube earned his maiden call-up to the T20 squad with strong performances in domestic cricket.