India vs Australia: Ashish Nehra, Shikhar Dhawan recalled for T20 side, Ajinkya Rahane left out

Dinesh Karthik made his way back after leading India Red to victory in Duleep Trophy. Ashish Nehra made the cut while Shardul Thakur and Rahane were kept out.

AFP, October 02, 2017

New Delhi: Opener Shikhar Dhawan has been added to India's Twenty20 squad for the three-match series against Australia starting this week in Ranchi.

The left-handed batsman, who missed the five-match ODI series against the Steve Smith-led Australia to be with his ailing wife, returns to the 15-member T20 team.

Indian cricketers Ashish Nehra (L), Shikhar Dhawan (C) and Pawan Negi pose for a photograph during a press conference ahead of the forthcoming Asia Cup tournament in Kolkata on February 21, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP PHOTO / DIBYANGSHU SARKAR

File image of Ashish Nehra and Shikhar Dhawan. AFP

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the side on Sunday after the hosts wrapped up the one-day series 4-1 in Nagpur.

Batsman Dinesh Karthik made his way back after leading his domestic side India Red to victory in the recent Duleep Trophy competition.

Veteran fast bowler Ashish Nehra also made the cut while rookie paceman Shardul Thakur and batsman Ajinkya Rahane were kept out.

India, who are currently ranked World No 1 in ODI and Test cricket, are scheduled to play the first T20 against the visitors on Saturday.

Indian cities of Guwahati and Hyderabad will host the second and third match on 10 October and 13 respectively.

Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Axar Patel.

Updated Date: Oct 02, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114