The BCCI, on Sunday, introduced Group India’s squad for the rescheduled fifth Take a look at in opposition to England. The Take a look at was scheduled to happen final 12 months however was cancelled attributable to Covid-19. Each the groups will battle it out for the ultimate Take a look at of the five-match collection from July 1 in Edgbaston.
Senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has earned a recall to the Take a look at aspect after his scintillating shows within the ongoing County Championship. Pujara was dropped for the house collection in opposition to Sri Lanka earlier this 12 months following a collection of poor performances. Enjoying for Sussex, Pujara has scored two centuries, two double centuries and one fifty in simply 5 video games.
Shubman Gill has additionally been named within the group whereas fellow opener Mayank Agarwal has been dropped. KS Bharat is the second keeper within the squad as an alternative of Wriddhiman Saha. The selectors have additionally dropped Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw, who had been referred to as up final 12 months as damage replacements.
The selectors have as soon as once more ignored senior duo Ishant Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. Each the gamers had been a part of India’s squad for the primary 4 Assessments in opposition to England final 12 months. Whereas Rahane performed in all of the 4 video games, Ishant performed in two of the 4 video games.
The selectors have pinned their religion in Shreyas Iyer as soon as once more for the middle-order position. Earlier this 12 months, Iyer had made a formidable Take a look at debut after changing Rahane in India’s middle-order. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will lead the tempo assault whereas Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna and Shardul Thakur full the tempo assault.
The selectors have included allrounder Ravindra Jadeja within the squad. There have been doubts over his participation within the upcoming recreation after he suffered a rib damage within the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The damage had ended Jadeja’s IPL season abruptly. Nonetheless, the selectors have named him within the group.
India main the collection:
Speaking concerning the collection, India are main it by 2-1. The Rohit Sharma-led aspect want only a draw to win a exceptional collection. The primary match of the collection had resulted in a draw earlier than India received the second Take a look at. England then received the next recreation to attract degree earlier than India received the fourth to take the lead.
India haven’t received a Take a look at collection in England since 2007. Captain Rohit, who might be main India in Assessments outdoors house for the primary time, has a golden alternative to register his identify within the historical past books.
India’s Take a look at squad:
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc) Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
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