Mumbai: Despite the criticism leveled against the Indian cricket team for its embarrassing ten-wicket defeat inside four days in Mumbai on Monday, the BCCI’s selection committee has named an unchanged 15-man squad for the third Test against England in Kolkata.
The fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who was on Monday ruled out of the Eden Gardens Test which starts on December 5 due to a lower back injury, is also not a certainty for the fourth and final Test in Nagpur from December 13-17. Bengal medium-pacer Ashok Dinda has kept his place in the squad after being called up as cover for Yadav in Mumbai.
India’s batting and bowling was decidedly under-par in the Mumbai Test, where England outplayed the home team in all departments. England’s spin pair of Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann took 19 wickets between them in 121.2 overs whereas Pragyan Ojha, R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh managed nine in 103.3 overs. There were no changes to the batting line-up despite the failure of India’s big batsman in Mumbai – especially in the second innings when numbers two to seven managed 41 runs between them.
The selectors were due to announce a squad for both the remaining Tests as well as the two Twenty20s that follow before England return home for Christmas, but the board announced that these squads would be announced at a later date. England fly home on December 23 and return on January 3 for a five-ODI series to be played at Rajkot, Dharamsala, Ranchi, Mohali and Kochi.
Test squad for third Test: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh.
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