London: Opener Prithvi Shaw and middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav have been included in the Indian Test squad as replacements for injured Shubman Gill and Washington Sundar for the five-match series against England starting on August 4. Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran, who was included in the stand-by players, has been included in the main team, while stand-by pacer Avesh Khan will return home due to a fracture in his left thumb. Gill has a leg injury below the knee, while Sundar has an injury on his right hand finger.
Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav were selected
Cricket Board of India (BCCI) Secretary Jay Shah said in a press release, “The All India Senior Selection Committee has selected Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav as substitutes. All-rounder Washington Sundar has been injected with the bowling finger of his right hand. However, he will take longer than expected to recover and is not fit to bowl. He is out of the rest of the tour.
Avesh and Sundar both got hurt
Both Avesh and Sundar suffered injuries while playing a first-class practice match for County XI against India. Both of them played for their team due to many players of the home team being injured or isolated from Kovid-19. The BCCI said, ‘fast bowler Avesh Khan suffered an injury in the thumb of his left hand on the first day of the practice match. He was taken for an X-ray and the fracture was confirmed. The specialist was contacted for the management of the injury. He has been ruled out of England’s tour of India.
Suryakumar in good form
Suryakumar has been in good form and was adjudged Player of the Series during India’s 2-1 win in the One Day International series against Sri Lanka in Colombo. This aggressive right-handed batsman also scored a half-century in the first T20 against Sri Lanka on Sunday night. He has scored in first-class matches for Mumbai and West Zone at an average of 44 and scored 14 centuries during this period.
Rishabh Pant started preparations
The board also informed that wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who was found to be Kovid positive, has recovered from Kovid-19 with two negative RT-PCR tests. According to the statement, after getting approval from the BCCI medical team, he has started preparing for the upcoming Test series.
Wriddhiman joins Indian team
The BCCI also informed that bowling coach Bharat Arun, wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha and Easwaran have completed their isolation in London and have joined the Indian team in Durham. There were reports that off-spinner Jayant Yadav may go to Britain as a substitute for Sundar, but it turns out that he is not needed right now.
Devdutt Padikkal not sent
Similarly, Devdutt Padikkal has not been sent as it was felt that he needs to play at least one more season with the red ball and only after that he will be considered in the Test team as he currently averages only 34. Is. Earlier, a senior BCCI official had said that Suryakumar and Prithvi would be shifted from a biologically safe environment in Colombo to a biologically safe one in London.
The Indian team is as follows: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav , Lokesh Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav.
Standby Players: Famous Krishna, Arjan Nagwaswala.