Virat Kohli was rested, Sanju Samson earned a recall and all-rounder Shivam Dube got a maiden call-up but Shahbaz Nadeem was left-out as India announced the squads for the 2019 Bangladesh series, starting November 3, 2019. Kohli, as expected, was rested for the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh with deputy Rohit Sharma appointed as captain. Samson, whose only India appearance came in 2015, received a call-up following his smashing double-century in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Shivam Dube, who recently grabbed the headlines with some impressive performances for India A also earned his maiden call-up but Ranchi Test debutant Nadeem was left out of the Test squad for the two-match Test series against the Bengal Tigers.
Kohli, who hasn’t taken a break since last year’s Asia Cup, was given a rest with Rohit handed the reins for the limited-overs series. Kohli, however, will be back for the Test series, which starts November 18, 2019. India named an unchanged squad for the two-Test matches with Kuldeep Yadav retaining his place in the 15-member team despite being injured. Kuldeep was rested from India’s 3rd and final Test match against South Africa with Shahbaz Nadeem flown-in for his debut. But despite his impressive performance in Ranchi.
India Announce Test Squad
India’s squad for Test series against Bangladesh: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Saha (wk), R Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant#INDvBAN
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 24, 2019
Sanju Samson, Shivam Dube Called-Up
India’s squad for T20I series against Bangladesh: Rohit Sharma(Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant(wk), Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 24, 2019
Unfair on Shahbaz Nadeem
To not get any #opportunity for a long time is one thing.
— Devarchit (@Devarchit) October 24, 2019
Back as Captain to Conquer Again
— Rohit Sharma FC (@Ro45FC) October 24, 2019
Sanju Samson Nice inclusion in Indian team Shivam dube also Samson will do wicket keeping also he is second wicket keeper of team he is play next year t20 World Cup in Australia
— Parthiban Parthi (@Parthib06729237) October 24, 2019
Indian T20I team looks complete without V🐀 Kohli agree or die #INDvBAN
— BrainFaden Smith (@brainfadesmith2) October 24, 2019
Very Very Important for Rishabh Pant
This 3 match series is going to be very important for #rishabpant. Coz now sanju Samson has came in the squad as a backup Keeper. The first 2 matches are going to be very important. Play good @RishabhPant17 #fingercrossed 🤞🤞. #IndvsBan
— Kuldeep (@Kuldeep69830626) October 24, 2019
Finally Sanju Samson
Finally Sanju Samson in Squad.
— Jerseyno.7 🇮🇳 (@DJVIRAS07) October 24, 2019
The Minute Details
— Akhil Rebelli (@akhilrebelli) October 24, 2019
Everyone Saw it Coming: Performances
— RIYAZ UR REHMAN🇮🇳 (@rehmantweetz) October 24, 2019
6 Years for Recognition
Sanju Samson had to wait nearly 6 years since U19 2014 to be recognized as an International player, talent was always there but he got a late call hope plays ahead of Pant#INDvBAN
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) October 24, 2019
Meanwhile, Navdeep Saini was also rested for the Twenty20 series against Bangladesh after suffering an injury while Deepak and Rahul Chahar kept their places. Pant too kept his place as the first-choice wicket-keeper in the Indian team despite his poor run in the recently concluded T20I series against South Africa. Samson was named as the back-up wicket-keeper with MS Dhoni still unavailable for selection.