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Amit Mishra back in the squad after four years

  • Fearless Indian
  • August 2, 2015
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The Indian squad for the Sri Lanka tour starting August 12th was announced by the BCCI. Many cricket experts were left surprised when leg-spinner Amit Mishra was included in the squad. Mishra is making a comeback after four years as he had last played in a Test for India back in 2011 against England. Injury to fellow leg-spinner Karn Sharma and the spin friendly nature of the pitches in Sri Lanka have been combined factors in facilitating Mishra’s recall to the side.

Selection committee chairman Sandeep Patil said, “We always try to get the balance and (considering) the wickets in Sri Lanka, this is the best possible combination in the bowling department,

The inclusion of the experienced leg-spinner was also pivotal in light of the recent fallibility of Sri Lankan batsman against leg-spin. Pakistan leggie Yasir Shah had created problems for the current Sri Lankan side and finished with 24 wickets in three Tests.

The selectors did not opt for left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha or Axar Patel for that matter, Sandeep Patil said, “We did discuss Ojha and others. But looking at Sri Lanka’s recent performance against Pakistan, we unanimously went with Mishra as they have been troubled by Yasir Shah.  Also we are happy that Harbhajan Singh has made a strong return and has done really well in Zimbabwe and he will pair up well with R Ashwin. But as we know only 15 players can make the squad and given the conditions, we have opted for Mishra.

The chief national selector also said that it was natural for a new captain to stamp his mark on the team when it came to selections. He was addressing as to why Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina, two players who enjoyed the backing of Dhoni, were not part of the squad.

He said, “There will always be a change in the mix with a change of captain. Every captain has his own outlook and perspective when he is leading the side. Some may be attacking while others may be defensive. But yes, approach of the captain defines that particular period. We expect Virat to do well but we cannot predict the future. When Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly , Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman retired, we never thought we would get immediate replacements but we got them. So our job is to keep backing the best talent in the country.

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