New Delhi, Feb 21: Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the upcoming Twenty20 International and One-Day International series against Australia due to lower back stiffness, BCCI announced on Thursday.
Left-arm spin-bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been named replacement for Hardik for the ODIs. However, no replacement has been named in the T20I squad.
As per the BCCI, the right-arm bowler will undergo a strength and conditioning training at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru from next week.
“The BCCI Medical team decided to rest the all-rounder and let him undergo strength and conditioning work for his lower back at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. Mr. Pandya will begin his strength work from next week,” the BCCI said in a statement.
“The T20I squad will now consist of 14 members. Mr. Ravindra Jadeja has been named as the replacement for Hardik Pandya for the 5 ODIs,” the statement added.
India and Australia will play the first T20I on February 24, 2019, in Visakhapatnam. The two teams will compete in two T20Is and five ODIs.
India squad for 1st and 2nd ODI:
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (KW), Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohamed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Rishabh Pant, Sidharth Kaul, KL Rahul
India squad for remaining 3 ODIs:
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohamed Shami, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant
India’s squad for T20I series:
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice Captain), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Krunal Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Sidharth Kaul, Mayank Markande