The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) senior selection committee has picked the Indian squad for the first three matches of the upcoming five-Test series against England.
After the limited over series, Team India will be going into the longest format of the game with two wicket-keepers as selectors have included young Rishabh Pant alongside senior wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik.
India will miss the services of their main wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who is still recuperating the thumb injury he suffered during the IPL 2018.
Mohammed Shami, who was dropped from the Afghanistan game in Bengaluru after failing the Yo-Yo test, has made his way back.
Apart from Pant, chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has also been included in the Test squad.
BCCI’s statement on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah:
“Bhuvneshwar Kumar aggravated a lower back condition in the 3rd ODI against England. His condition is being assessed by the BCCI medical team and a call on his inclusion in the Test squad will be made soon.”
“Jasprit Bumrah who has been included in the squad, will be available for selection from the 2nd Test onwards based on his fitness.”
India’s squad (first 3 Tests):
Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.