Earlier in the evening, BCCI announced the team for upcoming one off-Test against Bangladesh. It is Abhinav Mukund who was recalled for the Test squad, while Wriddhiman Saha was picked as lone wicketkeeper and his inclusion led to the ouster of Parthiv Patel. Also Read: BCCI announce 16-man squad for the Test match against Bangladesh
Let’s check out the squad members and their Test match statistics till date-
Virat Kohli (c): Kohli will lead the command of team India, and it is a well-known fact that he is the run machine in every format of the game. Let’s take a look at his Test record. Kohli has played total 53 test matches and scored 4209 runs in 90 innings. He has an average of 50.10 and a strike rate of 54.89. Till now Kohli has smashed 15 tons and 14 fifties in Test cricket. Also Read: Virat Kohli’s wicket will be one of the biggest achievements in my life, says Kamrul Islam Rabbi
Murli Vijay: He will play the role of opening batsman, and the pressure will be on him to give India a good and solid start. Vijay has scored 3180 runs in 80 innings with an average of 40.25. He also has eight centuries and 14 half-centuries in his kitty.
Ajinkya Rahane: He plays the role of top order Batsman and is 28 years of age. He is considered to be one of the reliable batsmen when it comes to Test cricket. In Test matches, Rahane has scored 2272 runs in 55 innings and with eight centuries and nine half-centuries present in his kitty.
Cheteshwar Pujara: He will play as Top-order batsman for team India.Pujara made his Test debut against Australia in Bangalore on Oct 9, 2010. Son and pupil of former Ranji player Arvind, Pujara grew up piling on big scores even as a boy: a triple-century in Under-14 cricket, and a double against England in Under-19. Some of his best performances were when he scored a century against New Zealand, England and Australia, in the process becoming the joint-fastest Indian to 1000 Test runs in terms of Tests played to get there. Till now, Pujara has scored 3256 in 72 Test innings and has smashed ten centuries and 11 half centuries.
Wriddhiman Saha (wk): He will play the role of wicketkeeper/batsmen and got selected in the team for his brilliant recent performance in test cricket as he scored a match-winning double century in the Irani Cup. Till now Saha has scored 733 runs in 30 test innings, for the national side. He has an average of 28.19 and the strike rate of 43.42.
Abhinav Mukund: Mukund is making his comeback to the national side almost after 6 years as he played his last test against England in Nottingham, in 2011. He is a top order left-handed batsman who has played five Test matches for the national side and scored 211 runs at an average of 21.10.
Karun Nair: He is a right-handed batsman who has just played 3 Test matches for India. He scored 320 runs in three innings, which also include one century.
KL Rahul: He made his Test debut against Australia at Melbourne on Dec 26, 2014. Till now he has played 12 Test matches and scored 795 runs. He has also scored four centuries and one half-century till now. Also Read: India vs England 3rd T20I Preview: IND-ENG eye series win at Bengaluru
Ravindra Jadeja: He has established his place as an all-rounder in team India and can prove himself with the bat in the lower middle-order. Jadeja has scored 848 runs in 38 innings and took 111 wickets in 47 innings. He is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and a left-handed batsman.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Ashwin is India’s spinning spearhead and has played 44 Test matches till date. He has proved himself with the bat also when it comes to Test cricket. Ashwin has 248 wickets in his kitty in 82 innings and he has scored 1816 runs in 62 innings.
Amit Mishra: He is a leg break specialist and has picked up 76 wickets in 40 innings. He is known for surprising batsmen with the odd googly.
Jayant Yadav: He is an off-spinner from Haryana who can also bat in the lower order. Yadav has not played many test matches but he has picked up 9 wickets in 6 innings till now in his Test career.
Ishant Sharma: Playing as a right-arm fast medium bowler, Sharma has picked up 212 wickets in 73 Test matches. Standing at 6’4″, his rhythmic, high-arm action allowed him to bowl at around 140 kph. Ishant was the hero of India’s famous win at Lord’s when he bounced out the England batsmen with his spell of 7 for 74, helping India to a 1-0 lead in the Test series. It was perhaps one of his best performances for India in whites.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: Born in Meerut, Kumar is the right-arm medium bowler who has bagged 42 wickets in 27 innings. Apart from the swing, Bhuvneshwar’s control of the ball and his cricketing smartness stand out. Also Read: Andres Russell handed one-year ban for failing to file his whereabouts
Umesh Yadav: Playing the role of the right-arm medium fast bowler, Yadav has picked up 68 wickets in 50 innings. As a fast bowler, he has many skills: he regularly bowls at over 140kph, moves the ball both ways, and has a pretty effective bouncer.
Hardik Pandya: He is in team India as a Right-arm medium fast bowler and he has not played any Test match for the national side till now. He will be making his Test debut against Bangladesh.