Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Kohli rested for Sri Lanka T20s, Bumrah in line for Test debut

The first Test will begin in Newlands Cape Town starting January 5 The first Test will begin in Newlands Cape Town starting January 5
Dexter Carr | 05 December, 2017, 01:59

A 17-member squad has been named for the three Tests to be played at Cape Town, Centurion and Johannesburg between January 5 to January 28.

Parthiv Patel returns to the national squad after a long time where Jasprit Bumrah gets his maiden call for Test cricket.

Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and Lokes Rahul will compete for the opening spots while Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane comprise the middle order. Bhuvenshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav form the Indian pace battery.

Virat Kohli has been rested for the T20 series against the Lankans.

Bumrah was included as the fifth pacer in the squad as chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, now in the squad for the Sri Lanka Test missed out. "He has not played a lot of competitive cricket lately", Prasad said.

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"With regards to Bumrah, if you see his performance in the last 18 months, it has been phenomenal, sensational in ODIs and T20". It's a unanimous choice and he definitely adds variety. The pacer, who has been an indispensable part of India's limited-overs team, has staked his claim for a position in Test team with his control and consistency, and the pacer picked himself with his performances in the limited-overs, according to the chief selector MSK Prasad.

Chinaman Yadav missing out on a Test nod was "unfortunate", according to Prasad.

It was earlier reported that following Kohli's concerns about lack of preparation time, a decision will be taken whether some of the Test specialists could be sent to South Africa early to acclimatise with the conditions. But considering we are playing only three Test matches and having the number one and number two spinners in the world (Jadeja and Ashwin respectively), it's a big ask to select the youngster ahead of them.

Team India for Paytm T20Is against Sri Lanka: Rohit (Capt), Rahul, Shreyas, Manish, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik, W Sundar, Yuzvendra, Kuldeep, Deepak Hooda, Bumrah, M Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.

The squad features three uncapped players in Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda and Basil Thampi.

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