India vs England: India Squad Announced For Final 2 Tests, Shardul Thakur Misses Out

India vs England: India squad announced for final 2 Tests against England, Umesh Yadav to replace Shardul Thakur after undergoing a fitness test.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced the squad for final two Tests against England. India have kept the same squad that was picked for the first two matches of the four-match series. Fast-bowler Shardul Thakur was released from the squad and was granted permission to participate in the upcoming edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In a media statement, the BCCI also mentioned that pacer Umesh Yadav will join the team in Ahmedabad for last two games and he will replace Shardul in the squad after being assessed by the board’s medical team.

India Test squad for England series: Umesh Yadav, who had flown back home after playing the second Test in Australia due to an injury will replace Shardul Thakur in the Indian Test squad if the former passes the fitness assessment. Thakur will be released to take part in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Fast bowler Umesh Yadav will return to the Indian side for the pink-ball Test against England in Ahmedabad if he clears the fitness test, announced BCCI on Wednesday while naming the India Test squad for the final two matches of the four-match series against England. 

“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,” said BCCI in a release.

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The Indian side which beat England by 317 runs in the second Test in Chennai to draw level in the series, have all been retained.

India squad for the final two Tests against England: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-captain), KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Md. Siraj.

Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem and Priyank Panchal, who were kept as standbys till the second Test have been released for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

After losing the first Test by 227 runs, India came back strongly to register their biggest win against England – 317 runs – to make it 1-1.

The two teams will next face each other in the pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad starting from February 24, which will only be the second day-night Test match in India.

While it is more or less certain that Jasprit Bumrah will return to the Indian XI for the pink-ball Test, another interesting inclusion could be that of Hardik Pandya’s. The all-rounder was one of the firsts in the Indian team to practicing with the pink ball. His selection would, however, depend on whether he if fit enough to bowl in the longest format of the game.

“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,” the statement read.

India lost the series opener by 227 runs but came roaring back in the second Test to level the series at 1-1 with a comfortable 317-run win over the visitors on a raging turner at the Chepauk. 

Standby players Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem and Priyank Panchal were also released for the upcoming 50-over domestic tournament.

Rahul Chahar and KS Bharat are the two standby players being named in case of any injuries.

The board also named Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, Krishnappa Gowtham, Saurabh Kumar as five net bowlers.

Updated: March 20, 2021 — 11:10 am

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