#AUSvsIND: Kohli granted paternity leave, Rohit included in Test squad
Indian opener Rohit Sharma has been included in the Test squad for India's upcoming tour Down Under. Notably, the All-India Senior Selection Committee met on Sunday to make major announcements ahead of the tour. The committee has also granted paternity leave to Indian captain Virat Kohli. He will fly back after the first Test against Australia in Adelaide. Here are further updates.
Kohli had written to the BCCI regarding paternity leave
Earlier, it was reported that Kohli had written to the cricket board, seeking the board's approval for the same. Now that the board has given him permission, he will miss the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, starting December 26. It is understood that the BCCI will be requesting the authorities to relax the quarantine period for Kohli upon his return.
Rohit returns to Test squad, but will miss white-ball cricket
Kohli's deputy in the white-ball format, Rohit, had injured his hamstring during the Super-Over thriller against Kings XI Punjab on October 18. Ever since several theories have surfaced regarding his availability. However, the BCCI has now decided to rest him for the ODIs and T20Is, so that he regains fitness. Besides, he has been included in India's Test squad for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
A look at other important updates
Besides Rohit, speedster Ishant Sharma has also been added to the Test squad once he recovers. Meanwhile, the Selection Committee has added Sanju Samson as an additional wicket-keeper to India's ODI squad. Leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy has been ruled out of the T20I squad due to injury, with T Natarajan coming in as a replacement. A call on injured Wriddhiman Saha will be taken later.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti won't travel to Australia
In the update, it was also mentioned that young fast bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti won't travel to Australia as he is still working with the medical team on his workload management. Notably, he was named among the four additional bowlers for the tour.
A look at the revised T20I squad
Team India T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan.
Revised Team India ODI squad
Team India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper).
Here is Team India's revised Test squad
Team India Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj.