Siraj, Iyer included for New Zealand T20Is

If we pick a player, we will give him an extended run and we will continue with him for some point and nurture him and see that he goes on to become successful. So is the case with Siraj.

Meanwhile, selectors recalled experienced opener Murali Vijay to Test squad for the first two matches of a three-Test series against Sri Lanka which starts next month. The selector made it clear that Nehra has been picked only for the first T20 after which will be retire. He is doing very well and has duly been rewarded. Iyer returned to India with the India A squad to play 4 unofficial ODIs against the Black Caps, enjoying a sensation run in the series the Delhi Daredevils batsman plundered 108, 82, 90 and 37 runs respectively to finish as India top scorer in the series. The left-arm veteran pacer has been picked only for the Delhi match. Perhaps Trent Boult's havoc in the first ODI was an evidence of the inefficiency of Indian batsmen against Southpaws.

However Prasad insists that Nehra's selection does not guarantee that he will play.

"There are a lot of apprehensions about Nehra". However, whether Nehra will be included in the playing XI completely depends on 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 opening pair has been kept intact with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.

Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Ashish Nehra (only for the first T20). Ishant Sharma has been added to Test squad after missing out on the Sri Lanka tour. After a 1-1 series draw against Australia, the hosts will look to clinch a series win with the veteran pacer Ashish Nehra making his final appearance in global cricket for India.

  • Steve Townsend