India Cricket Tour of Australia 2020-21 - discuss the teamsAfter a lot of uncertainty about whether or not the series would go ahead in the midst of the pandemic, the Men in Blue are heading Down Under on a long, really long, tour once the IPL wraps up. The series has been referred to as an 'epic tour' what with so many matches and two strong opponents facing off after a long time!
The national cricket team will be donning whites for Test matches for the first test from 17th to 21st December (day and night match), for the second test from 28th to 30th December, for the third test from 7th to 11th January 2021 and the final test from 15th to 19th January 2021.
There are also a series of ODIs and T20s against the Baggy Greens, with the schedule as follows-
First ODI on 27th November, the second on 29th November, and the third on 2nd December.
First T20 on 4th December, the second on 5th December and the third on 8th December.
We'll have a separate thread for each of the series to discuss the matches individually. For now, let's talk about the players that have been selected for the three squads. The squads are-
The Test squad is: Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, K.L. Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, and Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper).
The One-Day squad is: Virat Kohli (Captain), K.L. Rahul (vice-captain and also the wicket-keeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, and Shardul Thakur.
The Twenty-20 squad is: Virat Kohli (Captain), K.L. Rahul (vice-captain and also the wicket-keeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami , Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy, and Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper).
BCCI has also selected four youngsters as extras, namely, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi, Ishan Porel and T. Natarajan who will step in if required. The idea behind having a jumbo squad going together would be so as to have everyone together in the Bio-Bubble, with the quarantine period and other protocols in place at one time and not have to send out any replacements in case key players are injured.
What are your views on the selections? Do you think some deserving player was dropped? What are our team's chances of making a clean sweep, winning the series of tests, ODIs and T20s as well?