Selectors keen to have a final look at Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav
The Test squad will be announced on Tuesday after the match.
Published - Jul 17, 2018 11:38 am | Updated - Jul 17, 2018 11:38 am
The five-match Test series between India and England is approaching fast. Both the ODI and T20I series have been fought closely and the fans are eagerly waiting for the contest in whites to begin. The visitors are yet to pick the Test squad with the selectors pondering over the inclusion of Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav. They want to have a final look at both of them in the decider at Headingley after which the squad is expected to be announced.
Rohit has scored two centuries on this tour so far in 5 matches but his form in the longest format of the game has been entirely indifferent. His struggles against South Africa in the rainbow nation was evident and even then he was selected in the team for his form in the limited-overs format.
Kuldeep, on the other hand, looks certain to be picked in the side after picking 14 wickets in 4 matches against the hosts. But the question is, will he be effective in Tests? England have managed to attack him at times and the youngster faltered under pressure in the last ODI. They could employ the same strategy in the Test series also to nullify him.
The squad will be announced after the game
According to the reports in Ahmedabad Mirror, the Test squad has been picked but the announcement has been deferred as the selectors want to see the performance of Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep in the decider. The squad will be made public after the third ODI which will be played on Tuesday.
“We’ll announce it on Tuesday. It is a strategy,” the source close to the BCCI said without giving more insights on the development. It Kuldeep gets picked, there is a possibility of Ravindra Jadeja getting dropped who was only a passenger in South Africa. Also, Karun Nair is likely to be selected but again it might be dependent on Rohit’s selection. Nair is with India A currently in the same country and is leading the side in a four-day game against England Lions.