India has finally announced their Test squad for the first three matches of the five-match Test series after the team has completed their limited-over cricket job in United-Kingdom.
Jasprit Bumrah is ruled out of the first match of the Test series due to his thumb injury, which caused him to miss the ODI and the T20I series in the United Kingdom. The front line bowler of India, Bhuveneshwar Kumar is not yet declared fit for the Test series due to his serious lower back state after he played the decider against England at Headingley. An announcement on his addition to the Indian Test side will be made soon by BCCI after the player will get through medical check-up.
Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha was also not included in the Test side because he is still recovering from the thumb injury he picked in the Indian Premier League. Dinesh Karthik is announced as the regular choice wicket-keeper of India in the absence of their usual wicket-keeper Wrriddhiman Saha. Dinesh Karthik has represented India in 27 Tests and played 158 first-class matches with a batting average of 41.90 runs per innings. He was involved in 411 dismissals overall in his first-class career. His experience will be a key to success for the Indian team in the long summer tour ahead.
20-years old Risabh Pant is called as the backup option of Dinesh Karthik. Pant has made quite an impression in his short first-class career. He averages 54.16 with a healthy strike-rate of 98.54.
As expected, Kuldeep Yadav made his way in the Test squad after an astonishing period he had in the limited-overs cricket so far. He will cause problems to the English side who are still arranging themselves to face the mystery of the young left-arm chinaman.
Virat Kohli, who earlier missed the historical Test match against Afghanistan at Bangalore due to his commitments to the county club Surrey but could not play the season because of his neck injury. He also arrived back in the squad as the captain for a long tour ahead.
Muhammad Shami is also making a comeback in the Indian team after he passed the Yo-Yo Test to declare himself fit for the English tour. The young triple centurion Karun Nair has made his way in the Test squad, which is announced for the first three Test matches. The selection committee has decided to exclude the star batsman Rohit Sharma from the Indian Test squad after the horrible outing he had in South-Africa.
India will take on England on July 1 at the Edgbaston to start their Test matches campaign, which will end on 7 September at the soil of London.
Indian Test squad against England (for the first three matches):
Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Kartik (WK), Risabh Pant (WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav