India announce squad for first two Checks in opposition to England; Virat, Hardik come again

Captain Virat Kohli, all-rounder Hardik Pandya, and quick bowler Ishant Sharma return to the 18-member India squad for the primary two Checks in opposition to England, the Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) introduced on Tuesday (January 19).

The five-match Take a look at sequence begins in Chennai on February 5, and India would proceed their bid to succeed in the World Take a look at Championship remaining beneath Virat Kohli’s management. The star batsman had flown again to Mumbai after the primary Take a look at in opposition to Australia to attend his first kid’s start.

Ishant Sharma, who has recovered from his aspect pressure damage and is at present representing Delhi within the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, will lead a four-pronged tempo assault comprising Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur.

The addition of seam-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya shall be a large enhance to the hosts when it comes to the aspect’s general stability and suppleness. After taking part in the white-ball leg Down Below, the 27-year-old returned dwelling to work on his health and bowling lengthy spells.

A number of the distinguished names to have missed out had left Australia with accidents. Ravindra Jadeja (dislocated thumb), Hanuma Vihari (hamstring), Navdeep Saini (groin), Umesh Yadav (calf muscle), and Mohammad Shami (fractured arm) are but to achieve full health. The one two unforced exclusions are 21-year-old opener Prithvi Shaw and seamer T Natarajan, who picked three wickets on his Take a look at debut in Gabba..

Wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who had suffered wrist and again accidents, respectively, preserve their place within the squad. The one new face within the contingent is 26-year-old Axar Patel, who bowls left-arm orthodox and is a good batsman to bridge the top-order and the tail.

Squad listing of India for first two Checks in opposition to England

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel


Revealed 19 Jan 2021, 18:30 IST

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