India announced the 15-member squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against New Zealand. KL Rahul retained his place after an impressive showing against the West Indies. Rohit Sharma has made into the squad after much speculation surrounding the Mumbai batsman’s fate in the lead up to the selectors’ meet.
The New Zealand series starts India’s busiest home season ever, featuring 13 Tests, eight ODIs and two T20Is. The three Tests will be played in Kanpur, Kolkata (September 30) and Indore (October 8). New Zealand start their tour with a practice match versus Mumbai in Delhi between September 16-18. The team’s first press conference in India, to be addressed by captain Kane Williamson and head coach Mike Hesson, is scheduled for Tuesday morning.
India are ranked second in the ICC Test Championship with 110 points, one less than Pakistan. Williamson’s team is down at seventh place with 95 points.
India squad: Virat Kohli (capt), R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami.