India vs England 3rd Test: Senior pacer Umesh Yadav has been added to the Indian squad for the last two test matches against England. Yadav on Sunday appeared for the fitness test at the newly refurbished Motera Stadium and cleared it following which the pacer was included in the squad.
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His replacement Shardul Thakur was released from the test team earlier to play the ongoing domestic 50 over tournament (Vijay Hazare Trophy) for his home team. Thakur was drafted on to the side in the Australian tour where he performed tremendously in the penultimate test.
On the same tour, seamer Umesh Yadav sustained a calf muscle injury due to which he was ruled out of the whole tour.
India and England will play their penultimate test which will be the pink ball test starting on 24th February. The event will be hosted in Motera Stadium.
With Umesh Yadav getting fit for the test matches, India might look to play with three seamers as it will be a pink ball test. Although it has been hinted that the surface will be rank turner, India will certainly come up with two spinners only unlike the first and second test.
Kuldeep Yadav could be dropped from the side making way for Umesh Yadav. Mohammad Siraj will also rest as Jaspirt Bimrah will join the playing 11 after the rest in the second game. While the third pacer will be Ishant Sharma.
India squad for last two tests:
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kuldeep Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Shubman Gill, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Md. Siraj, Umesh Yadav.