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India picks Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav for first two Tests against Australia

The BCCI finally announced that Ishan Kishan, a wicketkeeper and batter, has been selected for the first 2 Test matches between India and Australia (January 13). Ishan is now able to join the team, which now includes KS Bharat as another wicketkeeper, due to Rishabh Pant’s protracted absence.

In 48 first-class games since making his first-class debut against Assam in 2014, Kishan has amassed 2985 runs with an average of 38.76. His 273-point first-class performance against Delhi on November 2016 was his best.

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The list also includes Suryakumar Yadav, a player who has been fire for India in T20Is. The middle-order batsman got his first-class debut against Delhi in December 2010 and has 5549 runs with an average of 44.79 within this format.

Jasprit Bumrah, a fast bowler who hasn’t played since September of last year because of an injury, isn’t part of the team for the initial two Test matches. Bumrah was, coincidentally, chosen for the current ODI series versus Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, he was dropped from the team soon before the opening ODI in Guwahati. In a press release, the BCCI stated that Bumrah, who was scheduled to rejoin the team in Guwahati prior to the ODI series, “would require further time to improve bowling endurance.”

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