IND vs ENG 2022: Cheteshwar Pujara returns as India announce squad for England Test

Team India have announced an 18-man squad led by Rohit Sharma for the postponed match against England, which will take place July 1-5 in Edgbaston. KL Rahul, who will directly lead India’s second series T20I team against South Africa at home, will be Rohit’s vice-captain and opening teammate.

Shubman Gill was the team’s only backup opener after Mayank Agarwal’s mediocre Tests against Sri Lanka and South Africa and a poor 2022 IPL campaign.

The biggest highlight of the team is the return of Cheteshwar Pujara. The veteran No. 3 player was dropped due to not having a big score in the past two years. Now, he has been rewarded for his superb borough time at Sussex, where he averaged 120 with four centuries (two of which were two centuries) in just eight innings.

So, as I expected and wished, Pujara is back on the Test team. It’s not fair to label him with Rahane. He looks so much better than him. twitter.com/BCCI/status/15…

Former vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who was also eliminated along with Pujara for the same reasons, is still leaving the team. The right-hander performed well in the Ranji Trophy but suffered a hamstring injury in the final match of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) of IPL 2022, which prevented him from competing in cricket for at least some week.

Virat Kohli, who had led the team to a 2-1 lead in the series in 2021 before the final game was postponed, is likely to continue hitting the ball in fourth place. Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari help the game. shadow has depth. Rishabh Pant and KS Bharat will be the two keepers for the series.

The pitchers and all-around athletes were almost identical to them in the first four Tests of the 2021 tour. Only Ishant Sharma, who was eliminated in the Sri Lankan series, and Axar Patel were absent. . The left-finger spinner is in the T20Is team against South Africa in India and wouldn’t be needed in the UK for a single match.

India’s line-up for the British Test

Team TEST – Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (VC), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (week), KS Bharat (week), R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Jasists Bumrah, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna #ENGvIND

Rohit Sharma (Capt), KL Rahul (VC), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami , Jasosystem Bumrah, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Prasidh Krishna


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