Aakash Chopra picks Indian T20I and Test squads for fielding two XIs on the same day

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Aakash Chopra picks Indian T20I and Test squads for fielding two XIs on the same day (Pic Source: Twitter)

With eased lockdowns and decreasing cases of CoViD-19 Pandemic, Cricket is finally gearing up to blossom again at the World Stage. Some Countries like England and West Indies has already started the training of players in bio-secure environment, while some others like India, Australia and Bangladesh are contemplating the same by the end of June 2020.

International Cricket Council (ICC) and respective Cricket Boards have started to assess the conditions and their impact on the upcoming ICC events like the T20 World Cup and World Championship. At present, there are several question marks on the future of game- Will the tournaments be played behind the doors after the resumption? Will ICC postpone some FTP’s? Or dual team formula be rolled out to make up for the lost time?

With the demand of specialist in each format on continuous rise in last decade and so, the Cricket boards and fans have always been fascinated by the idea of fielding two XIs at a time. In modern time, most of the international teams even possess a core of 20+ specialist players in all formats of the game.

Recently, former cricketer cum commentator Aakash Chopra, in an interview, picked separate Indian XIs (with a reserve player) for T20Is and Tests to field at the same time.

In T20 Squad, Aakash Chopra has trusted some young IPL heros to come good at International arena. In the batting department KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will form the batting core along with two all-rounders in Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. Jasprit Bumrah will lead the pace attack and to support him are Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar.

Yuzvendra Chahal will handle the spin-department. KL Rahul has been given the captaincy of the team.

Here’s the T20I XII-

KL Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur (12th man)

On the other hand, the Test XI comprises seasoned campaigners of current Indian Test setup. Virat and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane will take charge of the team with all the regulars in Test setup.

Here’s the Test XII-

Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Chesteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav (12th man)

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In the history of Cricket, Australia has fielded two XIs in different series at same time. Back in 2017, Australia played a Test match against India in Pune and very next day they also hosted Sri Lanka for a T20I at the Adelaide Oval. In both the matches or rather series, Australia fielded different XIs.

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