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Kohli, Ishant, Pandya In India Squad For First Two Tests Against England

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Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, who were instrumental in India's historic win over Australia at the Gabba with bat and ball, have been included in the squad.

Kohli, Ishant, Pandya In India Squad For First Two Tests Against England

With Virat Kohli as capitain, experienced fast bowler Ishant Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya have been included in India's 18-member squad,  for their first two Tests against England, starting on February 5 in Chennai. 

Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, who were instrumental in India's historic win over Australia at the Gabba with bat and ball, have been included in the squad. Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj also finds a place while T Natarajan, who also played in the Gabba Test, misses out. Opener Prithvi Shaw, who was replaced by Gill after the first Test in the Australia series, has also been excluded from the squad while spinner Axar Patel finds a place.

Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel.

Standbys: KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar

Net bowlers: Ankit Rajpoot, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier, K Gowtham, Saurabh Kumar