Krunal, Chahar earn maiden India calls up for England T20s replace the injured Washington Sundar and Jasprit Bumrah for the three-match Twenty20 International series against England, starting in Manchester on Tuesday.
While Krunal and Deepak are included just for the T20I series, left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been named as Washington’s replacement for the three-match ODI series that starts in Nottingham on June 12.
Incidentally, Krunal and and his brother Hardik Pandya will be the the third brother duo to represent India after Mohinder Amarnath and Surinder Amarnath and Pathan brothers — Irfan and Yusuf.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Krunal Pandya as Washington Sundar’s replacement in India’s T20I side and Axar Patel in the ODI side for the upcoming limited-overs series against England,” BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a statement.
Sundar has been ruled out of the entire limited overs series against England after injuring his right ankle during Indian team’s training session at the Malahide Cricket Club, in Dublin on June 26.
Bumrah, on the other hand, has a fractured left thumb and has been ruled out of the upcoming T20I series against England.
Bumrah suffered the injury during India’s first T20I against Ireland.
Krunal has been rewarded for his consistent performances for Mumbai Indians in the last two editions of the Indian Premier League, while Chahar got rewarded for his good performance in the domestic tournaments and the ongoing India A team’s tour of England.
Chahar is currently playing for India ‘A’ squad in England in the 50-over tri-series, featuring England Lions and West Indies ‘A’.
After three games in the series, Chahar was on top of India’s wicket taking chart, with seven wickets at 12.71 and an economy rate of 4.04.
Chahar came into the limelight following his good show with Chennai Super Kings in IPL-11 where he picked up 10 wickets in 12 games and was also their second-most economical bowler with an economy rate of 7.28.
Meanwhile, the selectors have also included Rishabh Pant in the India ‘A’ squad for the four-day matches. Currently, a member of the India ‘A’ squad for the one-day games, Pant will continue to be with the side for the longer format too.
India’s squad for T2OIs against England:
Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.
India ‘A’ squad for four-day matches:
Karun Nair (captain), R Samarth, Mayank Agarwal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Ankit Bawne, Vijay Shankar, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jayant Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Rajneesh Gurbani, Rishabh Pant.