20-year-old Rishabh Pant has been picked in the 18-member squad for the first three Tests against England. Pant in all probability has been selected as the reserve wicketkeeper. Dinesh Karthik, who finds a spot in the Test side would be behind the stumps in all probability.Also Read - Rishabh Pant Admits South Africa Spinners Were More Consistent Than India Counterparts
Earlier, Wriddhiman Saha had picked up an injury on his thumb for which he is having to miss out. Injured Jasprit Bumrah finds his name in the squad, but his selection will again depend on his fitness. BCCI released an official statement on Bumrah on July 18. Also Read - BCCI To Discuss Plans For IPL 2022 Venues, Auction With Owners On Saturday
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Another surprise is that Rohit Sharma after being in such good form does not get picked for red-ball cricket. Rohit slammed a ton as well in the series. Kuldeep Yadav gets rewarded with a Test spot after he revealed his desire to play for India in whites and then backed it up with wickets to make his case stronger.
Meanwhile, India lost to England in the recently concluded ODI series 2-1, where Joe Root bagged the Man of the Series for his back-to-back hundreds. It is going to be a five-match Test series, starting August 1.
Earlier in the day, ICC released the latest ICC ODI Rankings where Kuldeep Yadav was the biggest gainer, he has finally broken into the top ten. Kuldeep is at No 8 in the list that has Jasprit Bumrah at the numero uno spot.
India squad for first three Tests: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.