IND vs NZ T20Is

Impressive performers in IPL 2021, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel, and Avesh Khan have all been named in a refreshed 16-man India T20I squad

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that will take on New Zealand in a three-match series starting on November 17.

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The Chetan Sharma-led senior selection committee also named Rohit Sharma as the captain of the squad,

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taking over from Virat Kohli, while KL Rahul is the designated vice-captain.

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Notable absentees in the squad include multi-format regulars Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja,

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while Hardik Pandya, who has had issues with his bowling fitness, has also not been picked.

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Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy and Rahul Chahar, who were part of the 15-member T20 World Cup squad, are the others to miss out.

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Shreyas Iyer and Deepak Chahar, who were all part of the travelling reserves at the T20 World Cup, have been included in this squad, along with Axar Patel.

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Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammed Siraj have also returned to the side.

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Among those picked for their IPL 2021 cred, orange-cap winner Gaikwad played two T20Is for India on the tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year.

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Avesh, Venkatesh and Harshal, meanwhile, were part of the India bubble at the World Cup and helped assist the team in its preparations.

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The three T20Is will be played in Jaipur (November 17), Ranchi (November 19) and Kolkata (November 21). The squad for the two subsequent Tests, at Kanpur (November 25-29) and Mumbai (December 3-7), will be announced later.

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