The Board of Control for Cricket in India has announce a squad that will play in the final two Test matches against England in Ahmedabad. The third Test will be India’s first day and night Test and the first match to be played at the newly constructed Motera Stadium.
The selectors, on Wednesday, retained 17 of the 18 members in the Indian squad for the final two Tests against England. Umesh Yadav would be replacing Shardul Thakur as the Mumbai bowler had to play in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Senior pacer Umesh Yadav’s inclusion would depend on his fitness assessment ahead of the day/night game in Ahmedabad.
Indian Full Squad For 3rd and 4th Test Match Against England is as follows:
Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Md. Siraj.
The anticipation was around senior pacer Mohammed Shami’s fitness and it has been learnt that he is still not 100 per cent fit for the rigours of five-day games.
“Umesh Yadav will join the team in Ahmedabad and after his fitness assessment will replace Shardul Thakur, who will be released for Vijay Hazare Trophy,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah was quoted as saying in a press release.
KS Bharat and Rahul Chahar are amongst the standby players and will be with the team for the last two Test matches. Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Krishnappa Gowtham, and Saurabh Kumar are amongst the net bowlers. Meanwhile, the other standby players Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Priyank Panchal have also been released to feature in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
India beat England by 317 runs in the second Test to level the four-match series. India will be looking forward to clinching the series and make it to World Test Championship Finals which will be played against New Zealand starting 18 June 2021
In the First Day and Night Test, 50% of spectators will also be allowed at the Moteral Stadium and the tickets are all sold out. 50,000 thousand fans will cheer for the home team for India.