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Shreyas Iyer, Mohammad Siraj receive maiden T20I call-ups

Shreyas Iyer received his maiden T20I call-up
Shreyas Iyer received his maiden T20I call-up © BCCL
Shreyas Iyer, the Mumbai opener, and Hyderabad pacer Mohammad Siraj received their maiden T20I call-ups for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand. Ashish Nehra has been named in the squad for only the first game following his recent announcement that he will retire from all forms of cricket after the T20I in Delhi.
Iyer till date has notched up 1289 runs at an average of 26.85 in domestic T20s. The opener cum No. 3 batsman has been in stellar form in the recent past. He composed a crucial knock of 90 at Visakhapatnam in the just-concluded One-Day series between India A and New Zealand A. He was also the second highest run-getter for Delhi Daredevils in the 2017 IPL, compiling 338 runs at an average of 33.8. During the course of the tournament, the Mumbai batsman also registered his highest individual score in the T20 format when he crunched a 57-ball 96 against Gujarat Lions.
Siraj, the Sunrisers Hyderabad quick, also shone brightly in the IPL by picking up 10 scalps at 21.2. The promising pacer, known for his control and yorkers, has bagged 26 scalps at a healthy average of 18.73 in the shortest format of the game.
"You all should be happy that we have picked two youngsters. Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Siraj," MSK Prasad, the chief of the selection panel, said. "Shreyas has been prolific in all forms of the game, be it four-day's format, be it one-day or T20, be it IPL, he has been performing. We will sit with this policy that if we pick a player, we will give him an extended rope, and we will continue with him and nurture him and see that he goes on to become successful. So is the case with Siraj. He is doing well, he has been duly recognised and rewarded as well," he added.
Prasad also backed MS Dhoni, to play a key role in limited overs cricket in the near future. The former India captain has struggled to make an impact in the shortest format of the game, capsulised by the fact that he has accrued just one fifty in T20Is. However, he has been in very good form in the ODI format, composing 673 runs at 67.3 this year.
"He's doing really well. There's no concern about that. He is still the best wicketkeeper-batsman, not only India has but still one of the best in the world. It's not just about MSD, there are a lot of other players who are being rotated in the batting order. Prior to a big event, six or seven months prior the World Cup, we should have consolidated batting positions and we will stick with it," he noted.
Meanwhile, Prasad mentioned that the selection panel had made it clear to Nehra that they are looking to groom younger players coming through the ranks for the T20 format. Nehra subsequently decided to walk into retirement life after the first T20I against New Zealand at his homeground - Feroz Shah Kotla (Delhi).
"See there is a lot of apprehensions going on about Ashish Nehra. I will make it very clear and candid to you, we all know that right from the word go that communication has been our strong point. We have clearly communicated to the player, i.e Ashish Nehra and to the team management that we are only looking at him till the New Zealand series.
"If you have seen the pattern with which we have selected the India A players, the same bowlers we have been continuing with for the last one and a half years on all 'A' trips, that means they are very much in line. They have really done well in South Africa, also at home against New Zealand. This message has been clearly communicated and we are very happy that the player also took it in the right spirit that the new generation is coming up. Instead of waiting till the end of the New Zealand series, he felt that Delhi game itself is... so that the others can move on," he noted.
Prasad also remained non-committal about whether Nehra will play the T20I in Delhi. "We can't say that [if he will surely play in the Delhi T20I]. Whether he is going to play or not, it is clearly the team management and the selector to make a call, whoever it is. The think tank involved will be taking a call. There is no assurance from our side that he's going to play or not. It will be decided on that particular day," he said.
The Prasad-led selection committee also retained KL Rahul for the three-match rubber. The opener was dropped from the ongoing three-match ODI series against New Zealand. Dinesh Karthik, who was included in the squad for the T20 series against Australia, has also been retained.
The selectors continued to keep faith in Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel while Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja - the first-choice spinners in the Test format - have once again not been considered.
Squad for the T20I series: Virat Kohli (c) Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra (1st T20I), Mohammad Siraj.
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