The 15-man Indian squad for the first couple of Tests, to be played in Rajkot and Visakhapatnam, against England was announced yesterday by the MSK Prasad-led Indian selection committee, who have, shockingly, announced Hardik Pandya in the squad.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar (back strain), Lokesh Rahul (right hamstring), Rohit Sharma (right quad), and Shikhar Dhawan (fractured left thumb) are the ones to miss out on the squad for the first two Tests due to injuries.
The Mumbai stylist, who suffered an injury to his right quad while batting in the series-deciding Vizag ODI against New Zealand, is likely to miss out the entirety of the five-Test series against Alastair Cook’s men. Rohit is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks, the kind of lay-off which could see him return only for the three-ODI and three-T20I series that follow the five-Test series beginning next Wednesday.
Ishant Sharma, who missed the three-Test series against the Blackcaps due to chikungunya, has returned to the Indian Test squad. Gautam Gambhir and Karun Nair, the replacements for KL Rahul and S Dhawan in the Test series against the Blackcaps, have been retained in the Indian squad for the first two Tests against the Poms.
India’s 15-man squad against England comprises of six batsmen (Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Karun Nair), five bowlers (Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Jayant Yadav), three all-rounders (Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Hardik Pandya), and of course, a wicket-keeper (Wriddhiman Saha).
Below is our review of the Indian squad for the first two Tests against England. In the video, we review whether the decision to include Hardik Pandya in the Indian 15-man squad is a justified one.
Have a listen and tell us, using the comments section below, if you are satisfied with the squad picked by the senior Indian selection committee.