New Delhi, July 1: Uncapped Krunal Pandya and Deepak Chahar have been called up in the Indian national cricket squad for the upcoming T20I series against England, starting July 3.
All-rounder Pandya and pacer Chahar have been included in the squad as a replacement to Washington Sundar and Jasprit Bumrah. Sundar and Bumrah have sustained injuries and have been ruled out of the T20I series.
Both Pandya, who plays for Mumbai Indians, and Chahar, who plays for Chennai Super Kings, in the Indian Premier League (IPL) had a decent show in the home-grown league. The duo has been rewarded for their good performance in the IPL.
Have to feel for young Washington Sundar. Injured playing football on a cricket tour! Never figured out this obsession with playing football!— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 1, 2018
These two (Deepak and Krunal) are part of the India A side, in England, which is through to the final of the triangular series involving West Indies A and England Lions.
Chahar, the Rajasthan pacer, has been sensational so far in England, having taken 13 wickets in his five List-A games. He has been India A's leading wicket-taker with seven wickets in three matches at an economy rate of just over 4.
India's odi team needs another all-rounder, someone who can bat at 7 and offer a few overs. I thought Krunal Pandya had the credentials.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 1, 2018
Krunal, however, hasn't been impressive, but he has been rewarded for his good show in the IPL and domestic circuit.
Bumrah sustained an injury to his left thumb while fielding in the first Twenty20 against Ireland in Malahide on Wednesday, and thus will miss the three-match series in England.
Bumrah, a key death overs bowler, did not take part in the optional nets on Thursday and was benched for the second match on Friday. India had won the series 2-0 with ease. But ahead of a sterner test against England, it's a major blow for India. Bumrah, the No.1 ODI bowler in the world, is expected to recover in time for the 50-over matches.
Young Washington Sundar will miss the T20 series v England becoz of injury while playing football during training. Was this— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 1, 2018
Sundar has been ruled out of the entire limited-overs' series owing to a right ankle injury. He sustained this injury whilst playing football during India's first practice session in Malahide on Tuesday. He missed the first two T20I games, both of which India won handsomely, and "subsequently underwent scans and was seen by a specialist", said a BCCI statement.
Unfortunately for the youngster, he hasn't recovered and will miss the three T20Is and three one-day internationals against England.
Krunal, the 27-year-old left-arm spinner and lower-order batsman, has been named as Sundar's replacement in the T20I side, while Axar Patel, another left-arm spinner and handy batsman, has been brought in for the ODI series.
The T20Is will be played on 3, 6 and 8 July, while the ODIs will be played on 12, 14 and 17 July. The two teams will then play a five-match Test series in August-September.