India’s ODI and Test squads for the tour of New Zealand will see the return of speedster Varun Aaron while Karnataka all-rounder Stuart Binny gets a look-in for the first time.
While those two have been named for the ODI squad, both squads feature Madhya Pradesh pacer Ishwar Pandey who, having topped the Ranji Trophy charts with 48 wickets last season, has picked up a further 34 wickets this season in all First Class games.
India’s five-game ODI series against New Zealand starts January 19 in Napier. The two-Test series begins February 6.
The biggest casualties would be Yuvraj Singh who has been left out of the ODIs and Pragyan Ojha, axed from the Test squad with India preferring Ravindra Jadeja as the second-choice spinner after Ravichandran Ashwin
Yuvraj Singh, whose form had tapered off in the ODI fixtures against Australia and then South Africa. Suresh Raina, who also had plenty of problems with the short ball against the same team, retains his place in the ODIs.
After a fine performance on his international debut against England, Aaron had been sidelined since 2012 due to injuries of the back.
He has been rehabilitated since then and made a fine comeback this season, setting up Jharkhand’s first ever points over heavyweights Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy.
Aaron took six wickets in the game at the Wankhede Stadium to shake up Mumbai and help Jharkhand grab a first innings lead.
Stuart, son of India’s 1983 World Cup winning all-rounder Roger Binny, will look to emulate his dad by donning the India jersey in New Zealand.
Binny has been one of the stand-out players for not just Karnataka but also the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.
Test squad: MS Dhoni (C/WK), Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ishwar Pandey
ODI squad: MS Dhoni (C/WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ishwar Pandey, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron