By Amlan Chakraborty
NEW DELHI, February 17 (Reuters) – Seaman Umesh Yadav is expected to step up India’s pace attack in the final two tests against England after being recalled on Wednesday.
The 33-year-old suffered a calf injury in Australia, which prevented him from making the first two tests against England in Chennai.
“Umesh Yadav will join the team in Ahmedabad and, after his fitness assessment, will replace Shardul Thakur, who will be released …”, said the Indian cricket council in a statement.
Seaman Mohammed Shami (arm) and versatile Ravindra Jadeja (thumb) continue to be out of action after failing to recover from injuries sustained in Australia.
Opener Shubman Gill, who suffered a blow to the forearm in the second test against England, retained his place in the squad.
India has two reserve options at Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul if Rohit Sharma needs a new opening partner.
Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who played in the opening test against England, has been released from the squad.
India won the second match in Chennai to level the series of four tests.
Ahmedabad is hosting the third test, a day-night competition, starting February 24.
India must win the series by any margin to advance to the first World Testing Championship final against New Zealand in June.
Joe Root’s England, on the other hand, must win both matches at Ahmedabad to reach the final at home.
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav , Axeldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav (subject to fitness)