The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced India’s squad for the first two matches of the upcoming Test series against England.
Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, the Indian cricket team, fresh off a historic Test win in Cape Town on January 4, is set to engage in a five-match series against the English side.
The IND vs ENG opening Test of the series is scheduled to commence on January 25 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, promising a thrilling start to the battle between two cricketing powerhouses.
Check complete details on the India vs England Test Squad for the first two Tests.
Batting Lineup and Notable Omissions:
The squad composition reflects a balance of experience and young energy.
However, the exclusion of stalwarts Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, despite their proven track records, has raised eyebrows.
Additionally, the absence of the explosive Ishan Kishan from the lineup adds an element of surprise.
One of the major highlights of the announcement is the inclusion of Uttar Pradesh’s wicketkeeper-batsman, Dhruv Jurel.
The 22-year-old cricketer, who showcased his prowess with India A against South Africa last December, finally earns his maiden call-up to the national team.
Jurel’s selection is a testament to his recent performances, including a noteworthy 63 for Uttar Pradesh in a Ranji Trophy encounter against Kerala.
Fast Bowling & Spin Department’s Key Role:
Avesh Khan has been added to the pace battery, led by the dynamic Jasprit Bumrah.
The inclusion of Avesh Khan aims to bolster the fast-bowling department, with Mohammed Siraj and Mukesh Kumar complementing the attack.
This move reflects a strategic approach to provide diverse options in pace bowling.
With the series being played on home soil, India is expected to heavily rely on its spinners.
Apart from the tried-and-tested trio of R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav finds a spot in the squad to provide additional depth and cover in the spin department.
India squad for first Two Tests vs England
Rohit Sharma (C), S Gill, Y Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, S Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Dhruv Jurel (wk), R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Avesh