New Delhi, Sep 30: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was surprised that Rohit Sharma's name did not feature in the 15-man squad announced on Saturday for the two-Test series against West Indies, starting October 4.Praising the opener for leading the side beautifully in the just concluded Asia Cup, Ganguly said that while he was surprised to not see Rohit make the cut in the Test team, the call wasn’t far away.
Earlier, BCCI announced the 15-member squad for the two-match series on Saturday.Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal and right-arm pacer Mohammed Siraj, who plays for Hyderabad in first-class cricket, are the new faces in 14-member Indian squad for the forthcoming two-Test home series against West Indies that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Saturday.Meanwhile, pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been rested for the series, while opener Shikhar Dhawan has been dropped."Taking stock of the recent workload, the selectors have decided to rest Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar," the BCCI said in a statement."Both Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya were not considered for selection as they are yet to recover from their injuries," it added.The first Test will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot between October 4-9 followed by the second one at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad from October 12.The squad:Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur
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