The buzz around the final match of the ODI World Cup 2023 between India and Australia had barely settled when discussions about the upcoming five-match T20 series began circulating. Recent reports suggest that Suryakumar Yadav might step into the role of Team India’s captain for the upcoming T20 series. Moreover, the contract tenure of head coach Rahul Dravid has concluded, and there are indications that another seasoned player could take over this role for the forthcoming series.
🚨 Suryakumar Yadav set to lead India in the five T20Is against Australia, starting on November 23 pic.twitter.com/PCSHKp36fP
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Captaincy and Head Coach Shifts
As per sources from Cricbuzz, Suryakumar Yadav is poised to lead Team India during the upcoming T20 series, marking his first full-series captaincy. Meanwhile, VVS Laxman, a veteran who has previously handled head coaching responsibilities, is speculated to take over the head coach position. While this information is yet to be officially confirmed by the BCCI, expectations are high for this potential leadership transition.
Player Inclusions and Omissions
Reports suggest that most players who were part of the series against Ireland are likely to retain their spots. Jasprit Bumrah, who captained the team in that tour, is anticipated to take a rest this time around. Meanwhile, emerging talent like Krishna is expected to continue in the lineup. However, due to an injury during the World Cup, Hardik Pandya’s name has not been considered for selection. Shreyas Iyer’s workload might have influenced his absence from consideration as well.
T20 Series Schedule: India vs. Australia
The T20 series is slated to kick off with the 1st T20 match in Visakhapatnam on November 23. Subsequent matches will be held in Thiruvananthapuram (November 26), Guwahati (November 28), and Raipur (December 1), which was initially scheduled for Nagpur. The series will culminate with the fifth T20 in Hyderabad on December 3, originally set to take place in Bengaluru.