India named Mahendra Singh Dhoni as their limited-overs captain for next year’s World Twenty20 at home while also throwing a lifeline for batsman Yuvraj Singh’s international career by including him in the shortest format for the Australia tour.
India lost the one-day international and twenty20 series against South Africa at home under Dhoni, who retired from tests during the Australia tour last year, paving the way for Virat Kohli to take over as captain in the five-day format.
With Kohli’s side registering their first test series win in 23 years in Sri Lanka and handing South Africa their first away series defeat in nine years, there was speculation the 27-year-old would also be handed the reins in the shorter formats.
“Lot of speculation, lot of questions, lot of stories were going around. So selectors wanted to send a very clear cut message to all… that who’s going to be our leader,” chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil told reporters on Saturday.
India will play five ODIs and three T20 matches in Australia.