India-Australia 4th Test: Rahul, Ashwin, Kuldeep named in the 13-man squad

Currently, India are leading 2-1 against Australia after a historic win at Melbourne by 137 runs in the four match test series


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on January 2, Wednesday declared the 13-man squad for the fourth and final match of the ongoing Test series between India-Australia. Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin, K.L.Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav have been called back in the squad.

However, Ashwin hasn't yet recovered from his back injury which means, Kuldeep Yadav might possibly replace the veteran off-spinner in the playing XI. Currently, India are in a 2-1 lead against Australia after a historic win at Melbourne by 137 runs.

Surprisingly, Indian opener Lokesh Rahul has been called back to the Indian side despite poor performances in the previous matches. On the other hand, Ishant Sharma has been rested and Umesh Yadav has been included in the squad instead. 

Sydney is known to be a spinner-friendly cricket pitch and therefore, it is expected that captain Virat Kohli would include at least two spinners out of R Ashwin, R Jadeja and K Yadav. Ashwin's fitness will also be determined prior to the match on Thursday.

The squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), K L Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jaspreet Bumrah and Umesh Yadav.