India vs New Zealand: India announce Test squad for New Zealand series, Prithvi Shaw returns, Shubman Gill retains spot – cricket

BCCI has introduced the Test squad for the New Zealand sequence. With the injury to Rohit Sharma, younger Prithvi Shaw has been recalled whereas Shubman Gill too finds a spot within the squad. Ishant Sharma has been named within the squad though there may be uncertainty over his health. Navdeep Saini, who has been spectacular in restricted overs cricket, has been rewarded with a spot within the Test squad.

Kuldeep Yadav, who had been a part of the squad for the house sequence towards Bangladesh final 12 months, didn’t discover a spot whereas Rishabh Pant retained his place because the reserve wicket-keeper within the squad.

Rohit Sharma, who was India’s opener within the house Test sequence towards South Africa and Bangladesh, was dominated out of the remainder of the New Zealand tour and this has open up the opening slot. Shubman Gill has been in fantastic type within the ongoing unofficial Test between India A and New Zealand Some time Prithvi Shaw, who made a shocking begin to his Test profession, makes a comeback to the squad.

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India Test squad:Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ishant Sharma (topic to health clearance).

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India now have three opening choices in Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill and it will likely be fascinating to see the pair which will get the nod.


Jasprit Bumrah too returns to the Test fold after being out of motion within the house Test season owing to harm. He will probably be India’s tempo spearhead since there may be an harm cloud over Ishant Sharma, who sustained an harm throughout Delhi’s Ranji Trophy conflict towards Vidarbha. Reports additional prompt that he suffered a Grade three tear on his proper ankle after falling on the pitch and can out for no less than six weeks.

The bowling assault will see two spinners in R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and 5 seamers, together with Navdeep Saini, who’s uncapped in Test cricket, however has been spectacular in his restricted-overs appearances. Both R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane will probably be taking part in for India A within the second 4-day fixture, which begins on February 7.

The first Test is slated to begin in Wellington on February 21 and the second in Christchurch on February 29.

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