Opener Prithvi Shaw on Tuesday made a comeback into the Indian Test team for the two-match series against New Zealand while Mayank Agarwal replaced injured Rohit Sharma in the ODI squad for the series beginning here on Wednesday.
Shaw, who last played for India in October 2018, returns to the Test side after Rohit was ruled out of the series due to a left calf muscle strain. The two-Test series begins in Wellington on February 21.
With Rohit also ruled out of three-match ODI series beginning here on Wednesday, Agarwal replaces Rohit in the side and is in line to open alongside Shaw.
Shaw, who had made a century on Test debut against the West Indies in October 2018, had last month received a maiden ODI call-up for the New Zealand series.
His India U-19 team-mate Shubman Gill has expectedly retained his place in the Test squad following a match-saving double hundred for India ‘A’ against New Zealand on Sunday.
Both Shaw and Gill are openers but the former is expected to open alongside Agarwal in the first Test at Basin Reserve.
Gill, who has played two ODIs, was part of the Test squad in the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh but did not get a game.
Kuldeep Yadav, who did not make the eleven in the five T20s against New Zealand, has been dropped from the Test squad with the selectors going for two specialist spin options in Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Pacer Navdeep Saini too has made his way into the Test side following impressive performances in limited overs cricket.
Test Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohdammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Ishant Sharma (subject to fitness clearance).