Hardik Pandya and Prithvi Shaw have been named in India A squads. The squads are for the New Zealand tour in January 2020. Both of them have been out of the national side for a while now.
Hardik has been named only in the one-day squad. On the other hand, Shaw finds himself both in the 50 overs and four-day squads. Shaw will certainly be in the race to grab the backup opener’s spot in the Indian team. He is also accompanied by his former India U-19 teammate Shubman Gill. Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal opened in all five tests at home. (Against South Africa and Bangladesh). Gill, however, was a part of the reserves as a third opener.
Gill is also set to captain India A’s one-day squad. Hanuma Vihari is set to lead the four-day side that seems to be a strong one. Test specialists like Pujara, Rahane, Ashwin and Saha are expected to feature in the second four-day game. India plays a two-test series which begins at Wellington on February 21.
Hardik will be returning from his back surgery
Since September, Hardik has been away from international cricket. He underwent back surgery in London in October. Managing the injury was no longer an option for him and therefore he decided to undergo the surgery. Chief selector MSK Prasad stated that “Hardik would be looked at in the third week of January.” That is the time when the one-day leg of India A’s tour is scheduled. India will play a three-match ODI series against the kiwis commencing from February 5.
Shaw returns from suspension
Prithvi Shaw, meanwhile, returned to competitive cricket in November. He came back from an eight-month suspension for a doping violation. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he scored 240 runs in five innings. It also included three half-centuries. Shaw furthermore scored 66 and 202, his maiden double century in first-class cricket. It was in Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy opener against Baroda earlier this month.
India A squad for two tour matches and three one-day games:
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill (capt), Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Warrier, Ishan Porel, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj.
India A squad for 1st four-day game:
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari (capt), KS Bharat (wk), Shivam Dube, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Warrier, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj, Ishan Porel, Ishan Kishan.
India A squad for 2nd four-day game:
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hanuma Vihari (capt), KS Bharat (wk), Shivam Dube, R Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Warrier, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj, Ishan Porel.
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