Karthik, Nehra return to Indian squad against Australia in T20 series


"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named the Indian Cricket Team for the three-match Twenty20 global series against Australia", the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement.

Mumbai: Opener Shikhar Dhawan and veteran pacer Ashish Nehra made a comeback to Virat Kohli-led Indian side as the selectors announced squad for the three Twenty20s against Australia.

As for Karthik, he featured in the one-off Twenty20 global against the West Indies in July, but missed out on the lone Twenty20 worldwide against Sri Lanka last month. The Delhi pacer, who has completed 18 years in worldwide cricket, also said he does not play for money anymore. Raina last represented India in T20Is in the series against England earlier this year. "He was in contention to play Champions Trophy but an injury during IPL put paid to his hopes. India's last two T20s were one-off games against West Indies and Sri Lanka, so Ashish wasn't picked", a BCCI official privy to selection matters told PTI on conditions of anonymity. There isn't anyone craftier than Ashish and when it comes to his selection, it's about fitness and not form.

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The official added that Ashish has never been dropped due to poor form, but fitness issues which have plagued him for long. The hosts won the 5-match ODI series against the team from down under and reached the pole position in the format. The T20I series is all set to commence from October 7 at the home ground of MS Dhoni in Ranchi.

Ajinkya Rahane who slammed four consecutive fifties in the recently-concluded ODI series versus Kangaroos has failed to find a spot in the team.