The Indian squad selected by BCCI on Saturday for the one-day and Twenty20 tour to Australia threw up a few unexpected names. Five new faces have been added to the team roster.
Here’s a look at the fresh faces of Team India who will be travelling to Australia for the ODI and T20 series next year.
The 22-year old cricketer from Gujarat came into the spotlight following his strong performances for Mumbai Indians in the 2015 season of IPL. The all-rounder became a crowd favourite after his unbeaten 21 off 8 balls against Chennai Super Kings which handed MI a much needed victory and this win proved to be the turning point of the season. Since then, Pandya has shown glimpses of brilliance in the Indian domestic season and will surely be a handy pick for Team India in the T20 series against Australia.
The explosive middle-order batsman marked his arrival on the international stage with a well-made 71 against Zimbabwe on his ODI debut and the Australia series will be a perfect oppurtunity for him to solidify his place in the team. Manish Pandey has already established himself as an integral part of the IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders and he holds the distinction of being the first Indian to score a century in the Indian Premier League.
Rishi Dhawan is a well known name in the Ranji Trophy circuit tanks to his spectacular performances for Himachal Pradesh in the 2015 season and Team India will be looking at him to continue his brilliant run. Team India has been missing a seam bowling all-rounder for quite some time now and the 25-year old can turn out to be a trump card for Team India in their tour of Australia.
Gurkeerat Singh Mann
The Punjab opener is a regular for the India A team and his performances over the last two years have finally caught the eyes of the national selectors. The 25-year old bating allrounder backs up his solid middle order credentials with some disciplined off spin bowling and that can be one of the main reasons behind his selection for the Australia tour.
The left-arm fast bowler was certainly the least known choice for the Australia tour and considering his performances in the 2015 Vijay Hazare Trophy, it is actually not a surprise. In six games, Sran has taken 13 wickets at an average of 25.30 and even Yuvraj Singh posted on Twitter that the youngster reminded him of a young Zaheer Khan. The retirement of Zaheer Khan has left a void in the Indian pace bowling line-up and if Yuvraj is to be believed, Sran can be the perfect solution to that problem.