Ashish Nehra has been named in the squad for what will be his farewell match from all forms of competitive cricket. The veteran speedster, who has been in the squad but did not make it to the playing XI for the T-20 international series against Australia, has already announced his decision to bid adieu to all forms of international cricket.
The first tie of the forthcoming India-New Zealand T-20 international three-match will be the last international game for Nehra. He will quit all forms of competitive cricket on November 1 at Delhi’s Ferozeshah Kotla Ground, 20 years after starting his first-class journey at the same venue.
The squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Mohammed Siraj.
The other two games of the India-NZ series are scheduled for Rajkot on November 4 and Thiruvananthapuram on November 7.
Meanwhile, seasoned spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have retained their place in the Indian Test squad. The duo, ignored for limited overs cricket against the visiting Australian and the Kiwis, have been named in the squad for the first two tests of the three-match home series against Sri Lanka.
Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-Captain), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.
The team for the third Test is not named as yet. First test will be played at Kolkata from 16 to 20 November. Nagpur will play host to the second test from 24 to 28 November.
Skipper Virat Kohli citing personal reasons has sought a break from international cricket for the third Test and ODI and T-20 series against Sri Lanka. If the BCCI accepts his request, the captain will not be available to lead the team for the third Test at his home ground – Delhi – from 2-6 December.