World Test Championship final: Hardik Pandya, Prithvi Shaw, Bhuvneshwar miss out from India’s 20-member squad

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday announced a 20-member India squad for the World Test Championship remaining and subsequent 5-Test collection in England. Virat Kohli will lead the squad which additionally has as many as 4 standby gamers who’re more likely to depart to the UK within the remaining week of May.

While there weren’t many surprises, there have been as many as 3 notable exclusions. Hardik Pandya, Prithvi Shaw and Bhuvneshwar Kumar weren’t capable of finding a spot within the 20-member squad. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed visiting groups to hold jumbo squads amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hardik Pandya, Sports Today understands, was not thought of as a pure batsman within the Test facet. Hardik has not been bowling typically within the latest previous on account of again damage considerations that saved him out of motion for fairly a while in 2020. Notably, Hardik was not a part of the Test facet in Australia. However, Pandya was included within the Test squad for the house collection towards England.

Notably, former India choice committee chairman MSK Prasad on Friday had harassed that Hardik was not going to discover a place within the Test squad if he isn’t match sufficient to bowl. “If at all he’s fit to bowl, only then he should be picked. If he can’t bowl, he shouldn’t be picked as simple as that,” Prasad had instructed Sportskeeda.

Hardik Pandya bowled within the limited-overs collection towards England at dwelling however he was not handed bowling obligations for Mumbai Indians throughout Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which was suspended on account of optimistic Covid-19 instances within the bio-bubbles throughout two cities.

Notably, India has not picked any fast-bowling all-rounder within the squad. Shardul Thakur has proved his mettle with the bat within the latest previous however India haven’t picked a specialist pace-bowling all-rounder.

No Bhuvneshwar Kumar in Test squad

On the opposite hand, one other large identify lacking within the Test squad is Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who returned to the facet throughout the limited-overs collection towards England earlier this yr. Bhuvneshwar has not performed Test cricket for India since India’s tour of South Africa in January 2018. The Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer confirmed indicators of return to peak kind however missed out a few matches in IPL 2021 on account of damage considerations which could have performed an element within the selectors not naming him.

In-form Prithvi Shaw misses out

Meanwhile, in-form opener Prithvi Shaw has additionally been neglected for the Test collection and the World Test Championship remaining. Shaw was a part of the Test squad in Australia however he was dropped after the primary Test in Adelaide. It has emerged that Shaw’s identify was not mentioned throughout the choice assembly on Friday.

However, Shaw returned to peak kind, albiet in white-ball cricket, hitting a record-setting 827 runs in Mumbai’s title-winning marketing campaign in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021. Shaw continued his effective run of kind in IPL 2021, hitting 308 runs in 8 matches for Delhi Capitals.

It appears the staff administration is keen to look past Prithvi Shaw as a Test opener because the likes of Mayanl Agarwal and KL Rahul have been named forward of the younger Mumbai batsman.

India squad for WTC remaining and England collection: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul (topic to health clearance), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper; topic to health clearance).

Standby gamers: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla.

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