New Delhi: The BCCI’s Senior National Selection Committee on Friday announced the Indian squad for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final and the five-match Test series against England. The final of the ICC World Test Championship will be held at The Rose Bowl, Southampton followed by the five-match England series.Also Read - Virat Kohli Has All Tools To Come Out Of Form Slump: Sri Lanka Legend Mahela Jayawardene

While Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja returned to the Indian squad, allrounder Hardik Pandya failed to make it to the jumbo squad. Another surprise omission was Kuldeep Yadav, who failed to find a spot for the upcoming Test series against England and the WTC final. Mayank Agarwal was able to retain his place along with Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur. Also Read - Asia Cup: Hype Versus Reality Check

While Pandya’s exclusion from the Test squad didn’t come as a surprise to many as his selection was subject to bowling fitness, Kuldeep failed to retain his spot owing to his poor outing in the home series against England in the limited-overs edition. Also Read - Virat Kohli Starts Training Ahead of Asia Cup 2022; Video Goes VIRAL | WATCH

Virat Kohli will be leading the side with Ajinkya Rahane as his deputy. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are all set to open the batting for India, followed by the dependable Cheteshwar Pujara.

KL Rahul and Wriddhiman Saha’s selections are subject to fitness clearance.

Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla have been kept as standby players.

India’s squad: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Gill, Mayank, Cheteshwar Pujara, H. Vihari, Rishabh (WK), R. Ashwin, R. Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Bumrah, Ishant, Shami, Siraj, Shardul, Umesh.

Standby Players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla