India squad for first 2 tests vs England, Kohli return to squad

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India squad for first 2 tests vs England, Kohli return to squad
source : BCCI

BCCI has announced the India squad for first 2 tests against England. A total of 18 players are selected along with 5 standby players and 5 net bowlers. Kohli, the spearhead, is back from his paternity leave. Ishant Sharma has also recovered from his rib injury and is back in the squad. Hardik Pandya too returns after a series break given to him.

Prithvi Shaw is dropped after his poor outings in Australia

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal will be the opening choices available. T Natarajan is left out even after a good performance on debut against Australia. Jasprit Bumrah will lead the pace attack along with Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Siraj and Shardul Thakur as the other bowling options. Injured Hanuma Vihari, Umesh Yadav and Mohd. Shami were not available. An interesting inclusion of Axar Patel was done maybe due to his first-class experience in home conditions.

Washington Sundar has retained his spot after an impressive performance last series while Kuldeep Yadav got a cut too. India now has plenty of all-round options available in the form of Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, R Ashwin and Axar Patel. It will be interesting to see who makes it to the final eleven.

India squad for first 2 tests vs England

Virat Kohli (c )Rohit SharmaShubman GillMayank Agarwal
Cheteshwar PujaraAjinka Rahne (vc)KL RahulHardik Pandya
Rishabh Pant (wk)Wriddhiman Saha (wk)R AshwinKuldeep Yadav
Axar PatelW SundarIshant SharmaJasprit Bumrah
Md SirajShardul Thakur

Standby Players for first 2 tests vs England

K S Bharat (wk)Abhimanyu EaswaranShahbaz Nadeem
Priyank PanchalRahul Chahar

Net Bowlers for first 2 tests vs England

Ankit RajpootKrishnappa Gowthem
Sandeep WarrierAvesh Khan
Saurabh Kumar
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