Siraj, Iyer included for NZ T20Is, Vijay returns for Lanka Tests

24 October, 2017, 00:42 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
  • Mohammed Siraj

Rookies Shreyas Iyer and Mohammed Siraj have been called up in the Indian squad for the upcoming 3-match T20 series against New Zealand. As expected, Virat Kohli will lead the team and Ashish Nehra will be a part of the squad only for the first T20I against the Kiwis as he retires at the Ferozeshah Kotla.

It should be noted that the Men in Blue have never beaten New Zealand in a T20I in five head-to-head games.

Prasad stressed whether Nehra, 38, figures in the playing XI "is entirely up to the team-management and the selector on call".

Chairman of Selectors, MSK Prasad, said that Iyer and Siraj had been picked based on their consistent performances in domestic and first-class cricket.




"Shreyas has been prolific in all forms of the game, be it a four-day format, be it one-day or T20, be it IPL, he has been performing". We will sit with this policy that if we pick a player, we will give him an extended rope, and we will continue with him and nurture him and see that he goes on to become successful. Experienced wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has also been sustained for the T20 series and will expect regular chances in future.

Siraj did well against New Zealand A team before the start of the India-New Zealand series.

"As far as the Test series is concerned, he is going to play". Predictably, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja made a comeback in the longer version with Kuldeep Yadav being the third specialist spinner. He comes in for fellow Tamil Nadu batsman Abhinav Mukund and has enough time to prove his fitness as the three-Test series gets under way from November 16 in Kolkata. "With Siraj, he is doing well and has been duly rewarded", Prasad added.

India T20I squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Siraj. Ajinkya Rahane was once again left out of the shortest format team.

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