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Bumrah returns for Sri Lanka T20Is, Australia ODIs
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Bumrah returns for Sri Lanka T20Is, Australia ODIs

Jasprit Bumrah will finally return to national colours after a prolonged period of absence since India's tour to the West Indies in August.

Bumrah, India's pace bowling spearhead, suffered a lower back stress fracture that ruled him out of cricket action for four months and required surgery as part of the process of recovery.

The 26-year-old has been named in both the squads announced for the T20I series against Sri Lanka starting January 5 and the subsequent ODIs versus Australia commencing on January 14.

Bumrah missed the home series against South Africa, Bangladesh and the West Indies across formats during his time away from the game.

He eventually proved his fitness while bowling in the nets ahead of the third West Indies ODI in Cuttack on Sunday.

Shikhar Dhawan has also made a comeback to the white-ball squads after contracting an injury in a domestic T20 match.

India have given limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma a break for the Sri Lanka T20Is, though he will rejoin the team for the three ODIs against Australia.

The dynamic shot-maker finished the year 2019 as the leading run-getter in the 50-over format among all players.

Mohammed Shami has been given a rest for the T20Is as well with the selectors stressing the need for workload management to keep the pacers fit for key international assignments.

Deepak Chahar continues to miss out in both squads following his back injury before the final ODI against West Indies with Navdeep Saini holding onto his place in the line-up for the Australia series.

MS Dhoni's future is clouded in uncertainty given his persistent exclusion from the side as Rishabh Pant features as the first-choice wicketkeeper.

India T20I squad for Sri Lanka series

Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Manish Pandey, Washington Sundar, Sanju Samson

India ODI squad for Australia series

Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami