India VS England Test Series: India vs England Test Series scheduled on November 9, 2016, Players are gearing up for the battle with England, First Test match will be played at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Followed by next four test matches scheduled on Nov 17, Nov 26, Dec 8, Dec 16. In the first test match India is about to miss three best batsmen openers Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul, Besides Hardik Pandya included in this Test Squad this will be his debut test match to select in his career. Tallest and fast bowler Ishant Sharma returned to the 15-man squad after missing the Test Series against New Zealand.
India VS England Test Series Squad list is here: Rahul, Rohit, Dhawan to miss 1st Test
Bhuvneshwar Kumar also recovered from the hamstring injury who suffered during the second test against New Zealand. Rohit also sustained the injury of his upper thigh happened during the ODI Series against New Zealand. Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir scored second-innings fifty came back to this First Test and set as an opener. Fast bowler Shardul Thakur dropped from the squad, Pandya became popular with 16 first-class matches and taken 22 wickets at an average of 33 who already played four ODIs and 16 T20 internationals.
MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors added, “Pandya’s pace has increased, he is moving the ball, his batsmanship has improved,” Prasad said. “And he has mellowed down as a person. He is one allrounder we thought is an equally competent bowler and batsman. And a good fielder too.
“Rahul Dravid has worked hard on the mental side of his game. Now Anil Kumble is guiding him. We have three allrounders – Stuart Binny, Hardik Pandya, Rishi Dhawan. In this particular series, he scores ahead of Binny. Much quicker and better bowler than Stuart. With form and fitness, Hardik is a better option.”
India VS England Test Series Squad:
R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Mohammad Shami, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Karun Nair, M Vijay, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Jayant Yadav