Shami returns to India’s squad for first three Tests against England

New Delhi: Mohammed Shami has been recalled into India’s squad for the first three Tests against England, starting 1 August.

Shami, who missed the one-off Test against Afghanistan last month after failing a fitness test, is back in the 18-member squad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who aggravated a lower back injury in the third ODI against England, hasn’t been named. According to the media release, his condition is being assessed by the BCCI medical team and a call on his inclusion will be made soon.

With Wriddhiman Saha ruled out due to a thumb fracture, Rishabh Pant has been named as the backup wicketkeeper for Dinesh Karthik.

The first Test is at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Before this, India will play a four-day practice game against Essex at Chelmsford from 25-28 July.

While Shami has cleared the rigorous YoYo test, doubts still persist over wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha’s recovery from injury. Saha’s chances of making it to the Test squad for the England series are quite slim, it is learnt.

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who recently underwent a surgery on his thumb, too is doubtful to recover at least for the first couple of Tests. Kuldeep Yadav too is expected to be drafted into the squad, after skipper Virat Kohli recently dropped a huge hint regarding the chinaman’s inclusion in the longest format.

The selectors will also look to reward performers from the India ‘A’ team to ensure there are enough replacements in case of an injury during the series. After the ODI series, there will be a mini break of almost a week for players and the team’s support staff before they assemble to kick off their preparations for the Test series.

India’s squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

By Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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