The Indian selectors made a decision to bring in Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Siraj for the T20I series against New Zealand. Ashish Nehra has been named in the squad only for the first game following his announcement to retire after the first T20 game in Delhi.
While Delhi's Feroz Shah Kotla will host the first of the three T20Is on November 1, the second and third games will be played on November 4 and 7 respectively at Rajkot and Thiruvananthapuram. We have clearly communicated to the player (Ashish Nehra) and to the team management that we are only looking at him till the New Zealand series, said Prasad on including Ashish Nehra in the 16 man probable's.
"Shreyas has been performing in T20s and first-class games. We will continue with him and nurture him", said Prasad. The major highlight being the two new faces included in the squad - Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Siraj. Experienced wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has also been sustained for the T20 series and will expect regular chances in future.
THE BCCI announced the squad for the upcoming T20 series against New Zealand. It is not going to be easy for either of the players to find a place in the starting XI of an already settled unit. He comes in for fellow Tamil Nadu batsman Abhinav Mukund and has enough time to prove his fitness as the three-Test series gets under way from November 16 in Kolkata.
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"We can't say that [if he will surely play in the Delhi T20I]. With Siraj, he is doing well and has been duly rewarded", Prasad added.
Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (VC), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra (only for first T20I) and Mohammed Siraj.
TEST SQUAD vs SRILANKA (first two matches): Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.