Shreyas Iyer's inclusion in Indian cricket team reward for domestic consistency

Oct 24, 2017, 00:42
Shreyas Iyer's inclusion in Indian cricket team reward for domestic consistency

There were reports about selectors giving rest to Virat Kohli during the T20I series due to the workload, but the MSK Prasad-led team quashed all the reports and appointed him as the skipper for the 3-match series. We will continue with him and nurture him.

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. The Indian squad will see the inclusion of two new players in their side - Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Siraj.

Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra, who announced his retirement from all forms of the game following the New Zealand T20I, has been picked for the first match to be played in New Delhi.

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The two sides are now playing three-match ODI series, with the visiting side leading the series by 1-0 following a seven-wicket win in Mumbai on Sunday.

KL Rahul kept his place in the T20 squad after being dropped for the ODI series while Dinesh Karthik also retained his spot after being picked for the series against Australia. "He has been playing continuously right from IPL till today, we need to give him a break which we will consider after the Test series", he added", Prasad said.

"Iyer has been prolific across formats - in first-class, one-dayers, T20". He said, "We can't say that [if he will surely play in the Delhi T20I], whether he is going to play or not, it is clearly the team management and the selector on call, whoever it is". The Test squad has three specialist spinners in R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. Ajinkya Rahane was once again left out of the shortest format team.

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The senior men's selection committee has named Mumbai opener Shreyas Iyer and Hyderabad Opener Mohammed Siraj, who have made it to the team for the first time.

Naman Ojha (captain, wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson, Jiwanjot Singh, B. Sandeep, Tanmay Agarwal, Abhishek Gupta, Rohan Prem, Akash Bhandari, Jalaj Saxena, C. V. Milind, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier and Ravi Kiran.

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