NEW DELHI: Middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav will captain India when they host World Cup winners Australia in a five-match Twenty20 series that begins in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday.
Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad will act as vice-captain for the first three matches of the series before top-order batter Shreyas Iyer takes over for the final two matches in Raipur and Bengaluru.
Suryakumar and Iyer are among the four players replacing the World Cup squad along with wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan and seamer Prasidh Krishna.
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who missed the Asia Cup and the World Cup due to a quadriceps strain, was given a chance to make a comeback to international cricket.
The series begins with matches in Visakhapatnam, Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati in late November before the final two matches in early December.
India lost the 50-over World Cup final to the Australians by six wickets in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Suryakumar Yadav (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Tilak Varma, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shivam Dube, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Shreyas Iyer (last two matches only)