As the Indian selectors on Wednesday announced the team for the first three Test matches against England, Delhi’s young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant finds his name to be the only new entry in India’s squad for the Test series starting from August 1.
Pant scored a blistering half-century for India ‘A’ against West Indies ‘A’ in the second unofficial Test to take his team home and win the series. With Pant getting his maiden call, Karun Nair has also been re-called while Bhuvneshwar is out as he has aggravated a lower back condition in the 3rd ODI against England.
Dinesh Kartik would be the first-choice wicket-keeper. Karthik last played for India in the longer format for India against Afghanistan in the one-off Test.
Jasprit Bumrah has been included in the team and will be looking to make a return to the squad as soon as he recovers from the thumb injury. Interestingly, fast bowler Mohammed Shami has also been included after he passed the Yo-Yo test at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.