India Squad For Last Two Tests Announced: Umesh Yadav to Replace Shardul Thakur Subject to Fitness Clearance

The BCCI has announced India squad for the remaining two Tests against England, both of which will be played in Ahmedabad. While the squad is largely unchanged, the only difference is the addition of Umesh Yadav who will replace Shardul Thakur subject to clearing a fitness test. Also Read – Pink-Ball Test: Sunil Gavaskar Feels India May Bench Kuldeep Yadav in Ahmedabad

Umesh injured his calf while bowling in the second Test against Australia in December following which he returned home to start his rehabilitation, missing the remainder of the tour.  Shardul, who was in the jumbo squad for the first two Tests in Chennai, will be released to play for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Also Read – IND vs ENG 2021: England Captain Joe Root Has Been Forced to Apologise to Teammate Moeen Ali – Here’s Why

Additionally, Shahbaz Nadeem who played the series opener, has also been released for the domestic one-day tourney. Also Read – Rishabh Pant Could be in Indian Squad For ODI, T20Is vs England; Suryakumar Yadav Also in Line to Get Picked: Report

India squad for 3rd and 4th Tests: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

Net Bowlers: Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Krishnappa Gowtham, Saurabh Kumar

Standby players: KS Bharat, Rahul Chahar.

Released players: Shahbaz Nadeem Abhimanyu Easwaran, Priyank Panchal, Shardul Thakur

The third Test starts from February 24 and will be played at the renovated Sardar Patel Stadium and it will be a day-night affair – the first between the two teams.

The series is currently locked at one-all after India’s roaring comeback in the 2nd Test which concluded on Monday. Chasing a massive target of 482, England were skittled for 164 with the hosts winning by 317 runs.

England had stunned India in the first match, also played at Chepauk, when powered by Joe Root’s double-century, they became the first team since Australia in 2017 to win a Test on Indian soil.

India have so far played two pink-ball contests – winning one (vs Bangladesh at Eden Gardens) while losing the other (vs Australia at Adelaide Oval).


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