England in India 2016-17 January 23, 2017

Mishra, Rasool added to India's T20 squad

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R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will not take part in India's T20 series against England © Hindustan Times

India have added legspinner Amit Mishra and offspinner Parvez Rasool to their squad for the three T20s against England, choosing to rest their first-choice spin pair of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for the series. Ashwin and Jadeja had been part of the initial 15-man squad for the series, which also includes legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

The series begins on January 26 in Kanpur, rounding off England's full tour of India.

Mishra played two Tests against England in the recent home series and picked up five wickets. In the home ODIs against New Zealand before that, he was India's top wicket-taker with 15 strikes at 14.33 and an economy rate of 4.79. He had played that series, too, in the absence of Ashwin and Jadeja, who were rested.

In all, Mishra has played eight T20Is, and taken 14 wickets at 13.71 and an economy rate of 6.40. Only one of those eight T20Is have come in the last year; before playing West Indies in Florida last August, his previous T20I was in early 2014 at the World T20 in Bangladesh where he finished as India's second-highest wicket-taker behind Ashwin.

Rasool, who is handy with the bat down the order, has played just one international game till date - against Bangladesh in Dhaka in mid-2014. It is understood that the selectors felt this series was a good opportunity to blood someone like Rasool as there were no high-profile T20I tournaments in the near future.

When Rasool was selected for India A to play England in a warm-up one-dayer in January 2013, during what was a stand-out Ranji season for him with bat and ball, he became the first cricketer from Jammu & Kashmir to be selected in an Indian team to play an international side.

Leading up to the recently-concluded ODIs against England, once again Rasool was picked to play a tour game, and he claimed 3 for 38 including the wickets of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes. In the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy, he took 38 wickets at 23.86.

In the IPL, Rasool has represented Pune Warriors, Sunrisers Hyderabad and, most recently, Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 37 T20s, he has 27 wickets at 34.44 with an economy rate of 6.88.

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  • cricfan10049793 on January 26, 2017, 14:25 GMT

    Pant, koli, dhoni, yuvaraj, raina, bumrah, bhuvneshwar, mishra, pandya, rahul, chahal

  • cricfan83382272 on January 26, 2017, 8:37 GMT

    My team is msd,kohli , raina,kl,mandeep,jasprit,amit,yazuvender,nehra,yuvi

  • ShabeerLPT on January 26, 2017, 6:03 GMT

    My Playing X1 is : 1. RR Pant 2. Kohli (c) 3. Raina 4. Dhoni (wk) 5. Mandeep Singh 6. Manish Pandey 7. Pandiya 8. Rasool 9. Kumar 10. Bumrah 11. Chahal

  • Arunbhatnagar on January 26, 2017, 3:04 GMT

    So strange to see Jadhav missing and Rahul appearing in T20 team.

  • kingkohli on January 25, 2017, 18:52 GMT

    Many talking abt kohli to open and.raina at 3 but let me say u raina has not played international cricket for a long time and he may look rusty and nervy at3 as we all saw in ipl at 3, so my order will be like this rahul,pant/mandeep,kohli,yuvraj,dhoni,raina/pandey,pandya,rasool/bhuvi,mishra,nehra,bumrah. I would play rasool or bhuvi based on the pitch.

  • PRAVEENCRICKET14 on January 25, 2017, 18:22 GMT

    This squad for 1st T20 pls!

    KL Rahul, Virat S Raina Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant Hardik, B Kumar, Chahal, Bumrah, Nehra

  • Oldtimer01 on January 25, 2017, 8:34 GMT

    Thank you @crick surgeon for understanding my post and taking the trouble of explaining it to others.

  • Oldtimer01 on January 25, 2017, 7:24 GMT

    How can people excel in cricket when they have no sense of history or current affairs. Just putting that as your user name doesn't make sense. Anyway it is a big honour to play for India and it should be reserved only for those who love the country and are proud to represent it. We have of late seen a lot of such people who earn money and fame playing for India and then demonstrate through actions and words that their loyalties like elsewhere.

  • vikicork on January 25, 2017, 1:47 GMT

    @CRICFAN66521146 . I am glad "Magician" Ashwin is not in T20 squad .He hasnt been doing well now for some time in limited overs with Dhoni not giving him full component of overs often even in IPL .Yet he is currently the best bowler in test cricket .Jadeja is different and can play all formats . what people have to understand that there is a difference between test cricket and limited overs cricket and not many players can play all 3 formats and trying to get one to do so can destroy what they are best at . I am glad that Pujara and Vijay are considered only for tests .almost ruined Vijays correct technique by picking him in ODIs .Raina and Yuvraj need to be in ODIs only . Ashwin should be only in test squad .He is a below average fielder ,cannot hit the big shots and changes his bowling style when bowling in ODIs and becomes ineffective . Not sure where Rahul stands .see him as primarily as a test player .Think he will be playing in the T20 11 so lets see .

  • Balwinder Singh on January 25, 2017, 0:49 GMT

    its funny how some people asking for raina to be captain who not played cricket much in last few year he is good in ipl. lets kohli handle the team he is one guy who wont change is batting style if he is captain or not attacking player

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