India vs Bangladesh: India name full-strength squad for Test series, no place for Shahbaz Nadeem
The Indian selectors have reposed faith in the same squad which swept South Africa aside for the Test series against Bangladesh. Despite an impressive debut, Shahbaz Nadeem failed to retain his place as the selectors included Kuldeep Yadav, who missed out the final Test against South Africa. The Jharkhand spinner was flown in as a cover for Kuldeep Yadav before the third Test against South Africa and ended up making his debut in the Ranchi.
Rohit Sharma’s sensational start as the opener in Test cricket came as the biggest plus for Virat Kohli and the side would be expected to be as commanding against Bangladesh, which many believe, could well be a sterner challenge.
The Indian team consolidated its position at the top of the World Test Championship and this series gives them another chance to break away further from the rest of the sides.
Indian squad for Bangladesh series: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Saha (wk), R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant
Rohit Sharma was named captain of the Indian T20I side for the Bangladesh series as regular captain Virat Kohli was rested from the three-match affair starting from November 3. The Indian selection committee led by MSK Prasad met Indian captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Thursday. There were no changes in the Test squad.
Newly elected BCCI president Sourav Ganguly too met Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma for the first time after being elected as 39th president of the board.
Kohli was given a break keeping his workload in mind. Captaining in all three formats and being the premier batsman of the side, Kohli is an ideal candidate for burnout. He was expected to skip the T20 matches in West Indies after the World Cup, but he played. This time he has paid to heed the advice of the support staff monitoring the workload of the players.
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- India head coach Ravi Shastri responded to a meme on him that was shared by columnist Shobha De.
- England decided to send Ali back after the 2nd Test and it backfired. England played three seamers on a turning pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium and they dearly missed Moeen’s services in the 3rd Test.
- “England got sucked into thinking they were playing a pink ball test in Adelaide not Ahmedabad,” he added.
- In due course, Ashwin also became the second-fastest bowler to scalp 400 wickets in Test cricket. He ended scalping 7 wickets in the pink-ball Test which India won comprehensively by 10 wickets.
- The Test match ended inside two days with India winning it with 10 wickets to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series. The result also knocked England out of the World Test Championship final race.