Ajinkya Rahane to lead India in Afghanistan Test

Ajinkya Rahane to lead India in Afghanistan Test”

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will expectedly lead the team in Kohli's absence, the selection committee led by MSK Prasad announced after a meeting in which multiple squads were picked.

Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are named only in the one-off Test against Afghanistan.

The match will be held between 14 to 18 June at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Now, as captain of the Indian cricket team and among the world's best batsmen, he is determined to make amends on India's tour starting July. Notably, the Kings XI Punjab skipper had finished on top of Test bowling charts in 2015 and 2016, which was also the year in which he won the ICC Cricketer of the Year Award.

Rahane, though, was left out of India's limited-overs squads which will tour Ireland and England later in June. The wrist-spinners played a crucial role in India's historic ODI series win in South Africa earlier this year as they had picked up 33 wickets between them in six matches. Meanwhile, it will be interesting to see whether selectors name some fresh faces for Afghanistan Test and Ireland T20Is or not.

Ashwin, who has played for Worcestershire in England, did not renew his deal with the County club. Ambati Rayudu, who had been sidelined from the Indian team, has been brought back.

India squad for three-match T20I series against England: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddharth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.

"Kohli is batting strongly for Chahal and Bumrah. But he was granted just Bumrah", the source added.

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