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Hardik Pandya Left Out of Indian Squad for Final Two Tests Against Australia

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: March 9, 2017, 8:48 PM IST
Hardik Pandya Left Out of Indian Squad for Final Two Tests Against Australia

File photo of Hardik Pandya during practice (Getty Images)

New Delhi: There were no major inclusions or casualties in the Indian squad for the final two Tests against Australia, as the selectors named an unchanged team, barring the exclusion of injured Hardik Pandya.

Pandya missed the Bengaluru Test as well due to shoulder niggle which India won by 75 runs to level the four match series 1-1.

The Baroda all-rounder sustained the injury during a session before the third Test against England in December and was subsequently released from the squad.

However, Pandya came back to lead India A against Australia in a practice match ahead of the Border-Gavaskar trophy. But Pandya has once again been released of the squad due to the resurfacing of his injury.

There was also no place in the squad for opener Rohit Sharma and pacer Mohammed Shami in the 15-man squad as well.

After missing from the Indian line-up for four months due to injury, Rohit recently featured for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy recently, where he managed to score 16 and 4 in two matches.

Shami too made a comeback via the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where the pacer bowled seven overs in Bengal's loss to Gujarat.

Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, W Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.

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First Published: March 9, 2017, 8:34 PM IST

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