Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel will lead India Blue and India Red respectively in the upcoming edition of the Deodhar Trophy.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, on Tuesday (March 21), announced the two squads which will take on Vijay Hazare Trophy winners Tamil Nadu in the tournament that will be played in Visakhapatnam between March 25 and 29.
Rohit Sharma, who made a comeback to competitive cricket earlier in the Vijay Hazare Trophy has been appointed as the skipper of India Blue. This clearly means that Rohit will not be considered for the fourth and the final Test match to be played in Dharamsala. The team includes the likes of international stars like Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Rishabh Pant and Harbhajan Singh as well. Young all-rounder Deepak Hooda and Krunal Pandya have also been included in the side. Shahbaz Nadeem will oversee the spin duties whereas Punjab’s Siddharth Kaul will share the new ball Shardul Thakur.
Parthiv Patel led India Red includes likes of discarded Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal as the third opener. Kedar Jadhav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Axar Patel, Ashok Dinda and Dhawal Kulkarni are few of the international players in the team. Delhi speedster Kulwant Khejroliya, who made his List A debut against Himachal Pradesh has been named. Khejroliya bagged a total of 13 wickets in five matches and impressed everyone with his pace and swing. He is also the Mumbai Indians for the upcoming edition of IPL.
The exclusion of MS Dhoni highlights the selection meet as now he is not the part of Test squad and could have taken part in last List A tournament before the Champions Trophy.
India Blue will take on India Red in the opener of the tournament on March 25.
Rohit Sharma (c), Mandeep Singh, Shreyas Iyer, Ambati Rayudu, Manoj Tiwary, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Hooda, Harbhajan Singh, Krunal Pandya, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaul, Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna, Pankaj Rao
Parthiv Patel (c & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Mayank Agarwal, Kedar Jadhav, Ishank Jaggi, Gurkeerat Mann, Axar Patel, Akshay Karnewar, Ashok Dinda, Kulwant Khejroliya, Dhawal Kulkarni, Govinda Poddar