`Uncapped` Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Siraj named in India T20I squad

Kelley Robertson
October 24, 2017

There were reports about selectors giving rest to Virat Kohli during the T20I series due to the workload, but the MSK Prasad-led team quashed all the reports and appointed him as the skipper for the 3-match series. If we pick a player, we will give him an extended run and we will continue with him for some point and nurture him and see that he goes on to become successful.

It should be noted that the Men in Blue have never beaten New Zealand in a T20I in five head-to-head games.

In his last 10 innings, Iyer has scored two centuries and three fifties and that was enough for the selectors to include him in the squad.

The committee also named the Board President's XI for two-day warm-up tie against Sri Lanka to be played in Kolkata on November 11 and 12.


Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra has been picked only for the first T20I, which will be his last ever worldwide game. Read Also India vs New Zealand series 1st ODI: India lose, but Virat Kohli gets closer to god. Dinesh Karthik too has been retained for the T20Is. "With Siraj, he is doing well and has been duly rewarded", Prasad added. Whether he is going to play or not, it is clearly the team management and the selector on call, whoever it is.

"Iyer has been prolific across formats - in first-class, one-dayers, T20 - he's been performing consistently". Predictably, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja made a comeback in the longer version with Kuldeep Yadav being the third specialist spinner.

India squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra (only for first T20I), Mohammed Siraj.

Naman Ojha (capt, wk), Sanju Samson, Jiwanjot Singh, B. Sandeep, Tanmay Agarwal, Abhishek Gupta, Rohan Prem, Akash Bhandari, Jalaj Saxena, C.V. Milind, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Warrier and Ravi Kiran.

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