Mumbai: Tamil Nadu batsman Abhinav Mukund made a comeback into the Indian team after nearly six years, while Wriddhiman Saha was back after an injury, as the selectors announced a 16-member squad on Tuesday for the one-off Test against Bangladesh starting on 9 February.
Parthiv Patel was left out of the side despite an inspired show in the England Test series as well as the Ranji Trophy, in which scored a match-winning century in the final.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha returns to the Test team after making a mark in domestic cricket with an unbeaten double hundred to guide Rest of India to Irani Cup triumph earlier this month.
After battering New Zealand 3-0 and England 4-0 in Tests, Virat Kohli and Co. will look to similarly outplay Bangladesh on home soil as well. However, Bangladesh will also be looking to turn their stuttering form, coming from a 2-0 Test defeat at the hands of New Zealand.
Despite their away series loss, one can’t afford to overlook the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Sabbir Rahman, Shakib Al-Hasan, Mustafizur and Rubel Hossain who fought back to script a famous win over England and level the series 1-1.
India squad: Kohli, Rahul, Vijay, Pujara, Rahane, Saha, Ashwin, Jadeja, Jayant Ishant, Umesh Mishra, Mukund,Bhuvi, Karun, Hardik