Mumbai: The selectors of Indian cricket team today made no change in the team India for the upcoming three match series against New Zealand which is scheduled to start from September 22nd.
Indian team retained the same players who played in the four-match Test series against West Indies.
From the 17-member squad that travelled to the West Indies, only all-rounder Stuart Binny and pacer Shardul Thakur were excluded from the 15-member squad for the home series. Binny and Shardul didn’t get to play in any of the four matches in the Caribbean.
The selection panel of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took the decision at its meeting in Mumbai. Captain Virat Kohli and chief coach Anil Kumble were also present at the meeting.
The selectors decided to reward the performance of the players who played in the four-match series which India won 2-0.
The selectors again backed Rohit Sharma who scored 112 in the four innings he got to bat in the West Indies.
The series against New Zealand is the beginning of a home season that will see India play 13 Tests until March next year.
The first match against Kiwis will be played in Kanpur from September 22, while the second and third Tests will be held in Kolkata and Indore.
India is currently ranked No.2 on the ICC Test rankings, only a point behind Pakistan, while New Zealand is placed eighth.
The squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-Captain), Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav and Amit Mishra