Team India would look to make amends11 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneswar Kumar will make a comeback in the team.
The Indian selection committee has decided to release Rishabh Pant and Shubman Gill from the Test squad to get some match time in domestic cricket ahead of the limited overs series against the West Indies next month. Andhra keeper-batsman Kona Shrikar Bharat will join the Indian team as Wriddhiman Saha's cover for the remainder of the second and final Test against Bangladesh. Pant, who is expected to be a part of the upcoming series against the West Indies, will now be available for Delhi's next two Super League matches, which will be played against Haryana and Rajasthan on November 24 and November 27 respectively, as well as for the semi-finals and final, if Delhi qualify. Gill, on the other hand, will be available for Punjab in their next two Super League games against Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on November 24 and November 25 respectively. Andhra have not qualified for the Super League in the Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy.
Bharat has been a regular high performer in the domestic circuit, scoring 3,909 runs in 69 first-class games with eight hundreds and 20 half-centuries. The ICC rule that came into effect in 2017 says that a substitute keeper can take place of the first team glovesman if he happens to sustain an on-field injury. However Wriddhiman Saha is doing perfectly fine at the moment and Bharat's inclusion is merely a precautionary measure. "I played the first pink ball match in Lucknow when it was introduced in the Duleep Trophy in 2015," Bharat told PTI. "I got a call and was asked to join the team in the morning. I am looking forward to sharing the dressing room with my idol Virat Bhai. Wriddhiman is one of the best wicketkeepers of the current era. I'm hoping to learn a lot from them. Too excited."
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