who was originally part of the squad for the Sri Lanka tour, was ruled
out ahead of the series due to a wrist injury and was replaced by
Shikhar Dhawan. He had played with a fractured wrist during the
Australia Test series earlier this year and subsequently travelled to
the UK for surgery which forced him to miss the tenth edition of the
IPL. He later complained of pain in his right wrist during a preparatory
match and had to undergo further rehabilitation, which resulted in an
extended break from international cricket.
recently had to retired hurt after twisting his ankle during the second
innings of Tamil Nadu's Ranji Trophy opener against Andhra and the
right-handed opener had to miss the next game against Tripura. With the
Test series against Sri Lanka scheduled to get underway from November
16, more than three weeks from today, Vijay has adequate time to get
who was part of the India squad as a replacement for Vijay during the
Australia series as well as the Sri Lanka tour, last featured in the
Galle Test in which he scored 81 in the second innings. However, he had
to make way for KL Rahul for the next two Tests, with the Indian team
management preferring the pair of Rahul and Dhawan to handle the opening
duties. The left-hander recently scored two half-centuries in three
Ranji innings but the selectors have overlooked him in favour of his
Tamil Nadu team-mate.
Jadeja and R Ashwin, who have missed the string of limited-overs
assignments over the past few months, return to the Test squad which
also has Kuldeep Yadav as the third spinner. The selectors, meanwhile,
have left out Axar Patel, who was flown in as a replacement for Ravindra
Jadeja for the final Test in Pallekele.
Yadav and Mohammed Shami, who have also received limited opportunities
of late, will spearhead the pace attack which also has Bhuvneshwar Kumar
and Hardik Pandya as the other options along with Ishant. The Delhi
pacer last featured in the third Test against Australia in Ranchi in
March 2017 and wasn't part of the touring party for the Sri Lanka Tests.
Sharma, India's limited-overs vice captain, retains his place in the
Test squad despite not being part of the playing eleven for any of the
Tests during the Sri Lanka tour.
opening Test will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, followed by the
second Test from November 24-28 at the VCA stadium in Nagpur. The final
Test will be played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi from December 2-6
followed by three ODIs and three T20Is.
Squad for first two Tests:
Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli
(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R
Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav,
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.
Naman Ojha to lead Board President's XI
selectors also announced the Indian board President's XI squad for the
warm-up match against Sri Lanka, naming Naman Ojha as the skipper of the
side for the two-day warm-up game starting on November 11 at Eden
Gardens in Kolkata.
is a new-look 13 member team as the selectors have decided to named
players from the Ranji Trophy teams - Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Hyderabad
and Punjab - who aren't involved in any Ranji games around the time of
the practice match.
the fact that the season has been very intense with not only foreign
tours to India but also the consequential number of BPXI
matches/practice matches, what the selection process incorporated was
the four Ranji teams which are not playing in the next slot, they were
the four teams from which this team has been selected for the practice
match," chief selector Prasad said.
Naman Ojha (c & wk), Sanju Samson, Jiwanjot Singh, B Sandeep,
Tanmay Agarwal, Abhishek Gupta, Rohan Prem, Akash Bhandari, Jalaj
Saxena, CV Milind, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Ravi Kiran.