December 6, 2001

Srinath, Sehwag return for second Test

Staff Reporter

Immediately following the 10-wicket victory at Mohali, the Indian selectors announced the squad for the second Test, which is to begin at Ahmedabad on Dec. 11.

Only two changes were made to the Mohali squad. Javagal Srinath, who missed the first match because of a broken finger, is back in the squad after regaining fitness. He replaces Sanjay Bangar; Bangar, having sustained a hamstring injury in the first innings at Mohali, cannot play for three weeks, effectively excluding him from the third Test also.

Suspended for the first Test, Virender Sehwag makes an expected comeback to the side. Having scored a century in his debut Test in South Africa, Sehwag was dropped when he was obviously in a good run of form. With the Board of Control for Cricket in India supporting him strongly throughout the match-referee controversy and the subsequent row with the International Cricket Council, there was never any doubt that Sehwag would return immediately after serving his sentence.

The squad: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Deep Dasgupta (wicket-keeper), Shiv Sunder Das, Virender Sehwag, Iqbal Siddiqui, Tinu Yohannan, Harbhajan Singh, Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble, Connor Williams, Sarandeep Singh