Harbhajan Singh returns to India’s Test squad

NEW DELHI: Offspinner Harbhajan Singh has been recalled to the India squad for the solitary Test in Bangladesh in June.


Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has been dropped from the squad that toured Australia in 2014-15.

India’s selectors named full-strength squads for the Test and the ODI series, with no first-choice players requesting rest despite having played the World Cup and the IPL back to back.

Fast bowler Mohammad Shami was left out of the tour because of an injury he sustained at the World Cup, and Dhawal Kulkarni was his replacement in the ODI team.

Sandeep Patil, India’s chairman of selectors, said consideration had been given to the number of left-handers in the Bangladesh line-up before the decision to pick a second offspinner was made.

Harbhajan played only three matches in last season’s Ranji Trophy, where he picked up six wickets with a best of 3 for 51, but has been in impressive form for Mumbai Indians this IPL season, picking up 16 wickets in 14 matches.

Test squad: Virat Kohli (capt), M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma

ODI squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni.