India Retain Squad For Kolkata Test

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MUMBAI- India have retained 15 players from the squad thatlost to England in Mumbai for the third Test at Eden Gardens, beginning in Kolkata on December 5. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who did not play the second Test because of a back injury, was not fit and hence left out.

The BCCI had on Monday said the selectors would pick the squad for the two remaining Tests and the two Twenty20 internationals that follow, but today’s release said the selection for the fourth Test, in Nagpur, and the Twenty20 games will be made later.

Yadav, the most effective of India’s pace bowlers in the series-opener in Ahmedabad, was advised “at least 10 days’ rest” by a specialist in Mumbai, and was not expected to recover in time despite the lengthy break ahead of the Test. “The injury is more serious than it was thought to be, so the team will have to make do without him for at least another Test,” a source told ESPNcricinfo.

The India squad will assemble in Kolkata on December 2, after a few days’ break, while England will remain in Mumbai before leaving for Kolkata on November 30.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Zaheer Khan.

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