The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Suresh Raina as Ambati Rayudu’s replacement in India’s ODI squad for the three-match series against England.
The announcement was made after Rayudu failed to clear the fitness test that was held at NCA, Bengaluru on Friday.
Raina, who played his last ODI against South Africa in October 2015, was one of the first players last year to have flunked the Yo-Yo test (along with Yuvraj Sigh), comfortably cleared it this time.
The 31-year-old Raina, a seasoned campaigner of 223 ODIs with 5568 runs under his belt, is already a part of India’s T20 squad. He beat an in-form Rishabh Pant due to his vast experience.
Rayudu’s Yo-Yo Test failure has come as a shock for many, especially after his successful IPL campaign (602 runs) with Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Rayudu scored a dismal 14 in the test while qualifying mark is 16.1.
The Yo-Yo test has become a criterion for fitness standards in Indian cricket determining selection.
India’s tour of England begins on July 3 with the limited-overs leg of three T20Is and three ODIs. From August 1 to September 11, India will take on England in a five-match Test series.
India’s squad for ODIs against England:
Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav