Hyderabad: Young chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has been rewarded with his maiden India Test call-up after veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra was ruled out of the one-off game against Bangladesh due to a knee injury he sustained during the T20 series against England.
Kuldeep, who plays for Uttar Pradesh in the domestic circuit, has been in the selection radar for a couple of seasons having troubled a lot of batsmen with his 'wrong one' or left armer's googly.
Kuldeep had earlier been selected in ODI squad but is yet to make his senior India debut. For Mishra, this comes as a setback as he needs to undergo more medical examination to determine the extent of his injury.
Kuldeep came into prominence in longer version during Duleep Trophy day-night matches. He has had a steady Ranji Trophy even though UP had a horrible season. Kuldeep now has 81 wickets in 22 matches.
"The All-India Senior Selection Committee have named Kuldeep Yadav in the Indian squad as a replacement for Amit Mishra, who is injured, for the one-off Test match against Bangladesh to be played from 9 February in Hyderabad," the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a statement.
"Mishra has been ruled out of the match after he sustained a knee injury while fielding in the Bengaluru T20I match against England. He has been advised rest and will undergo further medical examination," the statement added.