Rookies Siraj, Iyer in T20 squad; no rest for Virat Kohli

Mumbai cricketer Shreyas Iyer has been picked for the three-match T20 series against New Zealand. The first match will be played in Delhi on November 1

As expected, Virat Kohli will lead the team and Ashish Nehra will be a part of the squad only for the first T20I against the Kiwis as he retires at the Ferozeshah Kotla. So is the case with Siraj. In his last 10 innings, 22-year-old Iyer has scored two centuries and three fifties of which two scores were above 80s.

Ashish Nehra has been picked in the squad for the first match of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand. "He is still the best wicketkeeper-batsman, not only India has but still one of the best in the world".

Iyer made his Mumbai debut in 2014-15, and despite a jittery start in the middle order, he was promoted to the top where he went on to finish as the side's highest run-getter with 809 runs to his name at an average of 50.56. His best figures came during the match against Gujarat Lions where he picked up a four-wicket haul. Perhaps Trent Boult's havoc in the first ODI was an evidence of the inefficiency of Indian batsmen against Southpaws.

The selection panel, chaired by M.S.K. Prasad also named a team for the first two Tests against Sri Lanka which sees Murali Vijay back in the 16-member squad after missing the Tests against Sri Lanka due to wrist injury.

"See there is a lot of apprehensions going on about Ashish Nehra". Prasad also made it clear that Nehra would be not assured of a starting spot in his farewell match with that decision being left up to the team management. This message has been clearly communicated and we are very happy that the player also needs to take it in the right spirit that the new generation is coming up.

The selectors have recalled KL Rahul as well for the series. Rahul will now most probably be once again a contender to open for India with Shikhar Dhawan. Ishant Sharma has been added to Test squad after missing out on the Sri Lanka tour.

Both players have not played worldwide cricket as yet but are regulars in the India A team with Iyer in prolific form with the bat.

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