Uttar Pradesh pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has replaced opener Gautan Gambhir for the next three Tests against England. A 16-mmber squad was named by the national selectors on Tuesday.
Gambhir’s poor first Test at Rajkot and the inclusion of KL Rahul in the XI meant that the Delhi opener’s spot was in trouble. Gambhir was also released during the Vizag Test to play for Delhi against Rajasthan in a Ranji Trophy match at Wayanad.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar makes a comeback to the India Test squad after the New Zealand series. A slight niggle had kept him out of the squad but Bhuvneshwar Kumar played a Ranji Trophy game against Mumbai at Mysore to prove his fitness. With the next Text match on a lively pitch at Mohali, India could go with three pacers including Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
India have retained the rest of the squad. The hosts lead the series 1-0 after scoring a 246-run win against England at Visakhapatnam.
The Squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane (vice capt), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Wriddiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya