The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced India’s squad for the remaining three Tests against England. Notably, Virat Kohli will remain unavailable for selection for the remainder of the series due to personal reasons, as confirmed by the BCCI. The board fully respects and supports Kohli’s decision in this regard.
KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja have been named in the squad, subject to fitness clearance. Mohammed Siraj also returns to the side after being rested from the second Test. Rahul was recovering from a quadriceps injury, while Jadeja had hurt his hamstring during India’s second innings in the Hyderabad Test.
“The participation of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul is subject to fitness clearance from the BCCI medical team,” the BCCI added.
Shreyas Iyer has not been included in the squad, with Akash Deep named as a replacement for Avesh Khan. Sarfaraz Khan, who replaced Rahul in the second Test, retains his place in the squad. There was no mention of Iyer’s back injury in the BCCI press release.
Pacer Mohammed Shami is yet to recover from an ankle injury and was not considered for selection.
Despite his recent performances, KS Bharat has been retained in the squad. He is likely to start as India’s keeper in the upcoming Test in Rajkot. However, if he does not perform well, Dhruv Jurel might get an opportunity in the last two Tests of the series.
India’s squad for the remaining 3 Tests against England:
- Rohit Sharma (C)
- Jasprit Bumrah (VC)
- Yashasvi Jaiswal
- Shubman Gill
- KL Rahul*
- Rajat Patidar
- Sarfaraz Khan
- Dhruv Jurel (WK)
- KS Bharat (WK)
- R Ashwin
- Ravindra Jadeja*
- Axar Patel
- Washington Sundar
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Mohd. Siraj
- Mukesh Kumar
- Akash Deep
The third Test will commence on February 15 in Rajkot, followed by the fourth Test in Ranchi from February 23. The fifth and final Test of the series will be played in Dharamsala on March 07.
After losing the series opener in Hyderabad, India bounced back with a victory in Visakhapatnam to level the five-match series 1-1.