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  1. India vs New Zealand: 15-member test squad announced

India vs New Zealand: 15-member test squad announced

Sandip Patil, Chairman of Selectors, BCCi, on Monday, announced a 15 member squad for the upcoming home test series against New Zealand starting from September 22.

By: | Published: September 12, 2016 12:57 PM
Virat Kohli is to lead the team with Ajinkya Rahane continues to enjoy his position as the deputy to the Captain. (Reuters) Virat Kohli is to lead the team with Ajinkya Rahane continues to enjoy his position as the deputy to the Captain. (Reuters)

Sandip Patil, Chairman of Selectors, BCCi, on Monday, announced a 15 member squad for the upcoming home test series against New Zealand starting from September 22. This series is a golden opportunity for the Indian team to regain its Numero Uno status from Pakistan. Virat Kohli is to lead the team with Ajinkya Rahane continues to enjoy his position as the deputy to the Captain. The selection committee hasn’t tampered with the winning combination in West Indies. The batting line up looks pretty much the same, though the selection of Rahul after his excellent performances, raises the question of who opens the innings with Murali Vijay. The flamboyant Shikhar Dhawan has at best been patchy in the recent months, thus making the average fan question,”how much longer” ?

The bowling line up looks prepared for the dust bowls Indian curators are expected to roll out for the home team. India has gone with Ravichandran Ashwin as the lead spinner, and probably the spearhead of the entire attack. Ashwin is a force to be reckoned with and in home conditions suitable for spinners, he could prove to be a deadly force. Backing Ashwin is leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who has been in and out of the team for a while now, but time and again has impressed with his skills and temperament. The pace attack is led by the experienced Ishant Sharma, who can be a complete gem on his days. same can be said for quickie Umesh Yadav, who despite his pace has not been much of a threat in test matches. Both the bowlers can be destructive for the opposition if the conditions suit them but it still has to be seen how they cope up with the flat tracks at home. The use of reverse swing will e major trick for good performances. Bhubaneshwar Kumar, who has increased his pace in the last year bowls in high 130 km/hr range now and is considered to be the best fast bowler India has. Meanwhile, Wriddhiman Saha continues to keep his position of the Wicket Keeper of the team.

The 15 member test squad against New Zealand is as follows:

  • Virat Kohli (Captain)
  • K L Rahul
  • Chetashwar Pujara
  • Ajinkya Rahane (Vice- Captain)
  • Murali Vijay
  • Rohit Sharma
  • Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket Keeper)
  • Ravindra Jadeja,
  • Mohammad Shami
  • Ishant Sharma
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Amit Mishra
  • Umesh Yadav

All-rounder Stuart Binny has been dropped from the team following a series of bad performances. While the selectors have also gone for Ravindra Jadeja, it has to be seen if he finds s place in the team. Jadeja was a regular member of the test team during his reign as the former skipper believed in maintaining a stronger batting line up. However, Virat Kohli, if history is any proof is an attacking captain and has often gone for 5 bowlers. It is very likely that he would also go with Rohit Sharma, dropping K L Rahul. However, if reports are to be believed, Rohit comes in at no. 3 whereas Rahul gets to replace Shikhar Dhawan at the top. This first test match on September 22 is the first 13 home tests, marking the beginning of India’s longest year in test cricket.

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