Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav picked for first three Tests; Bhuvneshwar Kumar doubtful

Skipper Kohli previously said that Kuldeep’s stunning ODI form tempted him to consider the left-arm spinner for the Test squad and it remains to be seen who missed out if Kuldeep is roped

India vs England: Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav Included In India Squad For First 3 Tests

Meanwhile, fellow paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar has his back injury after featuring in the third One-day International (ODI) against England on Tuesday and was left out of the first three Tests.

A BCCI announcement of the squad for the first three Tests only said he was being assessed by the Board's medical team but at best Bhuvneshwar may be available for the second Test at Lord's.

Squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-capt), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur. At the post-match presentation after losing the ODI series 2-1, Kohli said the selectors and the team management did not need to take any hard decisions. We want to play hard cricket. ESPNcricinfo understands Bhuvneshwar will undergo intense rehabilitation for about four weeks at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru before the selectors make an assessment on his fitness for the final two Tests.

"As a wicketkeeper I personally feel that he should be a very good wicketkeeper first; we always give keeping utmost importance and then comes batting", Prasad had said of Pant in May.

Shami, who was dropped from the Afghanistan game after failing the fitness test, has made his way back. The other three quicks available for selection for the first Test were Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur.

India is scheduled to play five Tests, with the squad for the last two matches to be named later. Rishabh Pant is another notable inclusion earning his maiden test call up after Wriddhiman Saha failed to recover from a thumb injury he picked during the IPL. The choice was between going back to Parthiv Patel and looking to the future. He was unbeaten on 37 in the ongoing match against England Lions at the time of the announcement of the squad.

Young chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav retains his place, though Joe Root tackling him easily in the last two ODIs may have left the selectors with much to ponder.

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