Indian Team Squad For Asia Cup & World T20 Announced – Shami Included

Indian Team Squad For Asia Cup & World T20 Announced; Challenge Begins From 24th Feb: Indian squad has been selected for the upcoming Asia Cup and ICC World T20 2016 and the 15 man squad has seen no surprising inclusion as such.

The 15 man Indian squad will be lead by skipper MS Dhoni and the vice-captain of the team is Virat Kohli.

The Asia Cup is going to be played from 24th February in Bangladesh and for the first time, the format of Asia Cup has been changed to T20 format from the 50 over format.

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The team which have been selected by the National Selectors in Delhi today includes the fast bowler M Shami, who is out of the team due to hamstring injury. He has not played any international match since ICC World Cup Semi-Final against Australia last year. The team also includes left arm spinner, Pawan Negi, who has also been included in the series against Sri Lanka that will begin from 9th February.

Indian Team Squad For Asia Cup & World T20 Announced

The biggest challenge for the selectors was to select one player out of Manish Pandey and Ajinkya Rahane, and the priority has been given to Rahane, keeping his experience as a priority.

Fast bowlers with the likes of Umesh Yadav and B Kumar have been left out and Irfan Pathan and Amit Mishra are also not included despite of the good performances in domestic matches.

Indian Team Squad For Asia Cup & World T20 Announced
Indian Team Squad For Asia Cup & World T20 Announced

Apparently, 9 out of the 15 players selected were a part of the side that participated in the ICC World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.

23-year-old Negi has performed brilliantly at the domestic circuit from a very long time and his ticket to the Asia Cup team and World T20 team is a reward to that.

MS Dhoni (Capt, WK), R Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, A Rahane, Y Singh, S Raina, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, H Pandya, J Bumrah, A Nehra, P Negi, Harbhajan, M Shami

World T20 starting From 8th March in India
World T20 starting From 8th March in India

Team India will play in the Asia Cup in at least 4 games. The first match of Indian side is the opening game, that will be played against Bangladesh, who are the hosts as well, on 24th Feb. Next India will play against arch rivals Pakistan on 27th Feb. The man in blue side will play against Sri Lanka and one match against qualifier team from the qualifiers.

The best part about current Indian side is that their top 3 batsmen, R Sharma, S Dhawan and V Kohli are in their prime form and scoring runs. Kohli is currently the number 1 ranked batsman in ICC T20 rankings.

ICC World T20 2016
ICC World T20 2016

In the ICC World T20, Indian side is in group 2 and will play against Australia, Pakistan, New Zealand and Qualifier team.

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