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Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav announced the BCCI for the ICC World Test Championship final and a five-Test series against England.

India announced a 20-man squad for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand and also for a five-match Test series with England. Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami are back in the squad after recovering from their respective injuries, which kept them out of the England Test series at home. But there was no room for Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav. Pandya and Yadav were part of the Indian team for the four-match Test series against England, but were not included in the 20-man squad. ICC World Test Championship Final and Test Series vs India Team Announcement.

Hanuma Vihari, who was injured in Australia and did not play the England series, also made a comeback while Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur retained their positions. KL Rahul and Wriddhiman Saha have been named, but their inclusion in the team is subject to fitness clearance. Wriddhiman tested positive for COVID-19 during his tenure with Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2021, which was suspended indefinitely, while KL Rahul recently underwent surgery for appendicitis and is still recovering. Are happening Chetan Sakaria arrives in hospital after IPL 2021 for postponement for COVID-19 positive father.

While Rahul and Saha are still named in the Test team, Hardik and Kuldeep did not find a place in the team. Hardik is reportedly still recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered last year. During the IPL 2021, the all-rounder of the Mumbai Indians had a shoulder pain and did not bowl a single over in the tournament, but bowled in the ODIs and T20 series against England before IPL 2021.

Kuldeep Yadav finds himself on the wrong side of everything at this stage of his career. He has been dropped from the Indian team’s white-ball squad, plus he did not play a single match in IPL 2021 with his team Kolkata Knight Riders preferring Varun Chakraborty and Harbhajan Singh. Hardik last played a Test match in 2018, while Kuldeep did not play a single Test in Australia and bowled only 12.2 overs in the final Test match against England.

The BCCI has also named four standby players, who will travel to England with the team and will replace the players who need replacement in the event of injury or any other issues. Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan and Arjan Nagwaswala are the four standby players.

(The above story first appeared on May 07, 2021 07:36 PM IST. For more news and updates about politics, the world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log the latest on our website.)