Why are Shubman Gill and Tilak Varma not participating in India’s 2ndT20I against Afghanistan in 2024? India won the toss and decided to bowl in Indore.
India and Afghanistan will face off in the second T20 International of the three-game series on Sunday, January 14 at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to field first against the visitors.
The Men in Blue made two changes to their starting lineup, benching Shubman Gill and Tilak Varma in an effort to seal the series. Virat Kohli, India’s ace batsman, and youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal, who missed the first game, have been selected in their stead. It should be noted that Kohli will be making his return to the T20I setup after more than a year. The former India skipper last playing in the shortest format on November 10, 2022.
Gill’s performance in the first game in Mohali fell short of expectations, as he scored 23 from 12 deliveries. Notably, India’s head coach, Rahul Dravid, announced that Jaiswal will open the innings alongside Rohit in the series opener. However, a strained right groin prompted him to withdraw from selection, allowing Gill to begin the innings.
Meanwhile, Sanju Samson has been left out of the present series for the second time in a row, with Jitesh Sharma continuing to play ahead of the Kerala-born batsman. Jitesh had played an important role in the first T20I, scoring 31 runs in 20 balls while chasing a low 159-run mark.
Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, and Rinku Singh are also in the XI, as is Shivam Dubey, Mohali’s star player. Ravi Bishoi has also gained a spot this time, and he, along with Arshdeep Singh, Mukesh Kumar, and Washington Sundar, will help India’s bowling.
Afghanistan picks Noor Ahmed ahead of Rahmat Shah
Afghanistan, on the other hand, brought in left-arm wrist spinner Noor Ahmed instead of Rahmat Shah. Although the absence of spin genius Rashid Khan was a big setback. They still have powerful spinners who may threaten India’s batting order. The Ibrahim Zadran-led team will want to win the game in order to stay alive in the series.