There is more bad news for Team India after their bowling suffered a drubbing at the hands of Joe Root and Eoin Morgan in the final ODI yesterday. Indian seam bowler Jasprit Bumrah is likely to miss the first three tests of the five-match series against England which begins on August 1.
Bumrah picked up a thumb injury in the first T20I against Ireland and has still not fully recovered from it. Indian bowlers leaked a lot of runs in the limited-overs format in the death overs and missed the bowling of Bumrah who is known for his ability to bowl economically in pressure situations.
The Test squad is likely to be released by BCCI on Wednesday. According to reports, Kuldeep Yadav has a good chance of making into the squad for his impressive bowling performance in the T20Is and ODIs.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who has been in sublime form with the bat is also likely to be selected for his maiden Test series as a backup wicketkeeper to Dinesh Karthik. He is currently playing for India A against the England Lions in Worcester.
Mohammed Shami, who missed out of the limited-overs squad because of failing to clear the yo-yo test, is all set to join Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the pace-bowling department for India, having recently cleared the yo-yo test.
In the batting department, Karnataka batsman, Karun Nair, who is leading India A against England Lions is expected to be picked up for the Test squad.
After the ODI series loss in Leeds, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli said that they are excited to begin the lengthy test campaign against England and they are looking forward to the challenge.
“We want to play hard cricket. We want to play tough cricket, which I’m sure the English team would provide us. It is going to be a hard-fought series between two quality sides,” said Kohli.