Twitterati excited to see Rishabh Pant in the Indian Test squad for the England tour

Team India will play a five-match series in England starting August 1 and the squad has been named for the first three matches.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant has received his maiden Test call-up. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian selectors announced the Test squad for the five-match series in England. When the selectors met to figure out the best possible names to represent the team for the challenge they had a few questions to answer. The fitness of two of their key pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah remained a concern, while Bumrah missed out on the T20I and ODI series’ Bhuvi played the 3rd ODI only to aggravate his injury.

India’s Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is out with an injury and thus MSK Prasad & Co. picked Dinesh Karthik as his replacement. For the backup keeper option while Parthiv Patel who played two Tests on the tour of South Africa wasn’t considered instead young Rishabh Pant has been picked in the 18-man squad.

They left out middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma and extended faith on Karun Nair who is leading the India A team in the unofficial Test series against England Lions. Rohit has always done well in white-ball cricket but has had a stop-start Test career, where he hasn’t delivered and the team hasn’t given him an extended run similar to what he was accorded in the limited-overs format.

Mohammed Shami who missed out on a spot in the squad for the Afghanistan Test due to the yo-yo test cleared it and was picked. The batting department led by skipper Virat Kohli has nine names including two keeper-batsmen.

Considering the conditions in England and the extended summer, there are three spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. It is quite likely that the team will field two spinners but will be a decision based on the pitch for each game more than anything else. The pace attack will be led by Ishan Sharma who is the most experienced of them all then there is Bumrah, Shami, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to the Indian Test selection:

Here is the Indian squad for the first three Tests against England: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.

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