India Vs England Test Cricket: Yuvraj Singh Completes Comeback!

Yuvraj and Harbhajan

The Indian team to play first two of the four-Test cricket series against visiting England has been announced here in Mumbai today by the selectors of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It was the first selection exercise of the new Chief Selector Sandip Patil who replaced K Srikkanth recently. The 15-member team looks to be a mixture of experience and youth with the surprise inclusion of spinner Harbhajan Singh. And, Yuvraj Singh completes his comeback to cricket from cancer.

There had been some doubts about Yuvraj Singh’s selection since Tests are hard five-day affairs unlike the shorter formats of one-day and T20 matches where the braveheart already made a comeback in September last. But his great show in domestic cricket where he scored a quick double century and in India A’s practice match against England finally convinced the selectors. Legendary Little Master Sunil Gavaskar has come in support of the decision.

The non-performing and most unfit Indian openers, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, had still been retained mainly due to the experience factor. But their place in the final eleven is not for granted thanks to the selection of youngsters Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Murli Vijay who all excelled in domestic cricket. Leading spinner of the world Harbhajan Singh with over 400 wickets in 98 Tests has been recalled at the cost of Piyush Chawla. Though this amounts a surprise decision England’s poor run against the Indian spinners recently and Indian pitches could be the important considerations. The absence of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman continues to figure in the scheme of things too. Zaheer Khan who caused a scare about his fitness a few days back is in the team too. Limited over cricket stars Suresh Raina and Manoj Tiwary could not make it to the longer format.

The first Test starts in Ahmedabad on 15th November just after the Diwali festival with the remaining three in Mumbai, Kolkata and Nagpur. Before Christmas the two T20 matches will be over and England will go home for a break as Pakistan lands in India after 2007 for three one-day and two T20 matches starting 25th December. England will come back in January, 2013 to play five one-day internationals against India.

The Team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay.

Have your fill of cricket this season…non-stop! 


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