NEW DELHI: In an exciting development for Indian cricket, Rajdeep Oja, the Vice President of the Assam Cricket Association, has been appointed as an observer for the highly anticipated T20 match between Afghanistan and India. Set to unfold on January 11, 2024, in Mohali, this clash promises to be a thrilling start to the IDFC First Bank T20I series.
The Men's Selection Committee has revealed India's formidable squad for the upcoming series, with Rohit Sharma at the helm as captain. The responsibility for wicketkeeping duties falls on the shoulders of Jitesh Sharma and Sanju Samson, adding depth to the team's lineup.
The squad is brimming with versatile talent, featuring players who excel in multiple facets of the game. Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, and Axar Patel are among the all-rounders who bring a wealth of skills to the squad. Leg spinners Ravi Bishnoi and Kuldeep Yadav add a spin dimension to the team, while the pace bowling duties will be in the capable hands of Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, and Mukesh Kumar.
The batting lineup is equally robust, showcasing the prowess of Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Tilak Varma. Suryakumar Yadav, who led the team in the T20Is in South Africa, misses out due to an ankle injury sustained during the third match in Johannesburg. Following ankle surgery, he is expected to return to training in the coming months.
As the cricketing action unfolds, fans can mark their calendars for the second T20 match on January 14 in Indore, with the series set to conclude on January 17 in Bengaluru. The selected squad reflects a strategic blend of experience and emerging talent, underscoring India's commitment to fielding a competitive team in T20 cricket.
India's squad for the T20 series against Afghanistan is a testament to the nation's cricketing depth and strategic planning. Rohit Sharma's captaincy, coupled with the versatility of the players, sets the stage for an exhilarating series that promises enthralling moments and fierce competition on the cricket field.