Australia vs India 2018: India announces 12-man squad for 1st T20I

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Australia vs India 2018: India Announces 12-Man Squad for 1st T20I 

Australia vs India 2018: India Announces 12-Man Squad for 1st T20I
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Team India is maintaining the pattern to declare the squad 24 hours prior to the game. Meanwhile, they have announced their 12-member list for the first T20I game against Australia, which begins at The Gabba, Brisbane on WednesdayIndeed, Virat Kohli returns to the team to lead the side while Krunal Pandya finds the place as well.

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Virat returns to lead India, KL included

However, the Men in Blue have gone with their settled opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma while it is interesting to see whether Virat Kohli will take the number three position or leave it to KL Rahul, who is pretty good at that slot.

Krunal Pandya, Australia vs India 2018/19, 12-man squad
Krunal Pandya finds a place. Image Courtesy: Getty

Rishabh Pant to take the wicketkeeping work:

Manish Pandey has made his way out for the regular skipper while the young Rishabh Pant and experienced Dinesh Karthik will look after the middle-order slots. This time, they have made it clear that Pant is going to get the wicketkeeper gloves.

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Surprisingly, they named three spinners on the list. The wristy duo Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya find a place. Most probably, one among them will be left out ahead of the game.

Rishabh Pant, Australia vs India 2018/19, 12-man squad
Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik. will look after middle-order(Photo credit AFP/Getty Images)

The pace quadrant is filled with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and the lefty Khaleel Ahmed. It would be interesting to see how the youngster would cope up with the expectations.

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Umesh Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar and Manish Pandey are the other players to be left out from the squad. All in all, the Indian team management announced the team by covering all their bases ahead of the game.

Also, here is the squad:

Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal

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