With Kohli unavailable, India had no reserve specialist batters within the Take a look at squad, aside from KS Bharat and Dhruv Jurel, one in all whom the top coach Rahul Dravid confirmed would play because the specialist wicketkeeper.
Patidar is coming off 151 off 158 balls within the first four-day match in opposition to an England Lions assault that included three internationals. The 30-year-old has formidable numbers: 4000 runs in first-class cricket at a mean of 45.97, with 12 a whole lot. Patidar had made his ODI debut in opposition to South Africa in December.
The primary Take a look at of the five-match collection between India and England begins in Hyderabad on January 25.
Devdutt Padikkal, the Karnataka batter, in the meantime has been added to the India A squad as a substitute for B Sai Sudharsan, who’s out with again spasms. Rinku Singh has additionally been added to the India A squad for the second four-day match in opposition to England Lions, to be performed in Ahmedabad from January 24, after earlier solely being named within the squad for the third – and ultimate – sport of the collection.
India’s squad for first two Exams in opposition to England
Rohit Sharma (capt), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, KS Bharat (wk), Dhruv Jurel (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (vc), Avesh Khan, Rajat Patidar