Rishabh Pant is the only fresh face in an 18 man Indian squad named for the first three tests of the five match series in England starting on August 1. 20 year old Pant , will serve as back up keeper to Dinesh Karthik. First choice gloveman Wriddhiman Saha is out with a thumb injury he picked up during IPL .
Young wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant was named in the 18 member Indian squad for the first three tests. senior batsman Rohit Sharma was once again ignored for the five day format.
Virat Kohli has spoken of few surprise in the test team , suggestion that India might be tempted to include both Y Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Bhuvneshwer Kumar left out of the squad with an injury the BCCI stated in a release that he had aggravated a lower back condition during the third ODI at Headingly and would be assessed by the team’s medical staff.
The wicket keeper batsman was phenomenal for the Delhi daredevils in the IPL 2018, finishing as the top run getter for francise, his heroics in the T20 tournament. The DD team has bottom of the table but Pant’s individual brilliance was a treat for fans. Slammed 684 runs in 14 matched at a brilliant average of 52.61 to finish second in the race for the Orange Cap.
Mohammed Shami, who missed the bulk of the iPL and later failed a fitness Test ahead of the Afghanistan Test, returns to the squad after having cleared the yo-yo test. S Thakur has also found a place in the side , presumably as cover for Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma.
Virat Kohli (Capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, K.L. Rahul, M. Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Shardul Thakur.