India vs Australia: Hardik Pandya only member to be released from hosts' squad for last two Tests

PTI, Mar, 09 2017
India vs Australia: Hardik Pandya only member to be released from hosts' squad for last two Tests

New Delhi: All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who did not feature in the playing XI in the first two Tests, was on Thursday released from the Indian squad with selectors retaining other 15 members for the remaining two games against Australia.

Hardik Pandya. AP

Pandya will play for Baroda in the quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the domestic One-day tournament.

Pandya was released during the first Test also and he played three league games. With the Ranchi wicket expected to be on the slower side, there is very little possibility of Pandya making the cut in the playing XI.

Opener Murali Vijay, who has suffered a shoulder injury missing the second Test match has been kept in the squad of 15 and is expected to get fit before the start of the third Test in Ranchi from 16 March.

First choice opener Vijay is expected to replace Abhinav Mukund, who failed in both the innings.

Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.

Published Date: Mar 09, 2017 | Updated Date: Mar 09, 2017


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