Selectors to announce Team India squad for England Test series on Nov 2

News Agencies | First published: 1 November 2016, 16:30 IST
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Fit-again pacer Ishant Sharma is likely to make a comeback when the national selection committee meets on 2 November to pick the Indian team for the upcoming Test series against England commencing 9 November.

"The Indian team is to be picked in Mumbai tomorrow," BCCI sources said.

Although India trounced New Zealand 3-0 in the previous Test rubber, the selection panel, headed by MSK Prasad, will have quite a few things to consider before naming the team for what would be a five-match rubber.

Injury to opener KL Rahul in the opening Test at Kanpur and the indisposition of Ishant Sharma gave the selectors an opportunity to recall veteran opener Gautam Gambhir and off break bowler Jayant Yadav for the second Test at Kolkata.

Gambhir did not play at Eden Gardens but got a chance to renew his interrupted career after a two-year gap when Shikhar Dhawan suffered a finger injury at Kolkata and was ruled out of the third and final Test at Indore.

Karun Nair was included in Dhawan's place in the squad but did not make the playing eleven. Yadav also did not figure in either Test elevens.

It would be interesting to see whether the selectors repose faith in Gambhir, who made a half century in the Indian second innings at Indore, if Rahul and Dhawan are both passed fit to play. Gambhir also made 147 in Delhi's last Ranji match against Odisha.