BCCI announces full-strength 15-member squad for Sri Lanka tour, Amit Mishra gets surprise nod
The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) on Thursday announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour. Considering the spinner friendly pitches in Sri Lanka, the Indian selectors opted for a strong spin department, and gave Amit Mishra surprise nod.
New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) on Thursday announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour. Considering the spin-friendly pitches in Sri Lanka, the Indian selectors opted for a strong spin department, and gave veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra a surprise nod.
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As expected a full-strength team was selected by the Sandeep Patil-led selection committee, which met in Delhi, with Virat Kohli as the captain of the side. The committee decided to retain majority of the squad that toured Bangladesh for the one-off Test with the exception of unfit Karn Sharma, thus opening the door for Mishra. Lokesh Rahul, who withdrew from the Bangladesh tour due to dengue fever kept his place in the squad.
Mishra, 32, is making a comeback into the Indian squad after a gap of four years. He, along with Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, form a formidable spin attack. But for many, the classical leg-break bowler's return will not be a surprise. His return will be seen purely on merit, in the backdrop of his tireless and impressive outing in recent domestic outings, including the Indian Premier League.
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Here is the squad announced by BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur, in the presence of skipper Virat Kohli and other selection committee members.
Virat Kohli (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra and Varun Aaron
After announcing the team, Patil revealed that Pragyan Ojha's name was also discussed but he wasn't included due to their inability to accommodate Bhubaneswar-born player in the list. However, Karn Sharma was not considered as the youngster is still recuperating from injury. And as expected, unfit fast bowler Mohammed Shami's name was also not considered. He missed the Bangladesh and Zimbabwe ODI series.
India will tour Sri Lanka after a gap of three years to play a three-match Test series, starting at Galle (August 12-16), Tamil Union Oval (August 20-24) and SSC, Colombo (August 28 to September 1).
India last played Sri Lanka in a five-match One-Day International series in November 2014. India clean-swept the series. And the last time India toured Sri Lanka, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side humbled the hosts 4-1 in a five-match ODI series and also the lone Twenty20 International match.