The Indian cricket team will face the Kiwis in the ICC World Test Championship final in Southampton from June 18 and then play 5 Tests against hosts England between August 4 and September 14 in Nottingham, London, Leeds, and Manchester.
Earlier this week BCCI announced the 20 man squad for the tour of the UK, also joining the squad were four standby players in the reserves list. Here’s all you need to know about the four uncapped members of the Test contingent.
The 25-year-old opening batsman was named as one of the four standby players announced in the Indian squad. Representing the Bengal side in domestic cricket, The top-order batsman has established himself as a mainstay in the stateside with consistent performances over the years. Playing over 64 First-Class matches, he holds an impressive average of 43.57 including 13 hundred and 18 half-centuries.
A product of India’s prospering U-19 setup, Avesh Khan combines brisk pace with testing accuracy highlighting him as a potential surprise package for the national team in Test cricket. Making a lasting impression in IPL 2021, He has troubled the best of batsmen with his compact lines and deft variations, showing the mental fortitude to mix it with the best. Picking up 100 wickets over just 26 First-Class matches, his potential is yet to be explored.
The 2021 IPL nets bowler for the Mumbai Indians, Arzan Nagwasalla earns his maiden call-up on the back of his blistering start to first-class cricket. Playing for Gujarat in the domestic circuit, He can bowl up to speeds of 135kp. The left-arm seamer, an attribute that can increase his chances as a future prospect, has picked up 62 wickets at an average of 22.53 and a strike rate of 44.6 including 4 5fors from just a mere 16 matches.
The right-arm quick is the most well-known name in this line-up. Having played 9 First-Class matches he has been impressive with his lengths and temperament picking up 34 wickets. Standing at six feet two, Krishna hits the deck hard and gets an appreciable bounce which was on showcase for everyone when he took four wickets in his maiden ODI against England earlier this year.
Although it is to be taken into consideration that the 25-year-old Indian bowler is tested positive and his replacements could be named if he doesn't recover in time. The players in contention to take up the replacement spot could be Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kartik Tyagi, and Chetan Sakariya.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar in particular stands out as he was unlucky to be left out of the initial squad. With the English conditions suiting his swinging abilities more, he would make a terrific impact bowler.
With new talents being brought through, mixed tried and tested players with enough experience. BCCI believes they have selected able back-up in these four reserve players.
Let us know your comments about who do you think possesses the most potential and who was unlucky to miss out.