Iyer, Siraj called up for New Zealand T20Is


'Shreyas has been performing consistently in T20s, one-dayers and first-class.

Meanwhile, Ashish Nehra has been picked only for the first T20I, which will be last worldwide match. "We will continue with him and nurture him", said Prasad.

Batsman Shreyas Iyer and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj have been named in the 16-man Indian squad for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand, beginning November 1 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, New Delhi. The bigger surprise is probably the omission of Kedar Jadhav, who has been an integral part of the Indian limited-overs side for the last 12 months.

Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad said that naming Nehra for his farewell match does not guarantee him a place in the playing 11 in front of his home crowd. "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".

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Iyer has performed consistently for India A and he was the third-highest run-scorer in the tri-series featuring South Africa A and Afghanistan A. In the recently-concluded series against New Zealand A, he slammed three fifty-plus scores in four innings, including one hundred. "Whether he is going to play or not, it is clearly the team management and the selector on call, whoever it is". Apart from him, Dinesh Karthik, who was part of the squad for the T20I series against Australia, has also been retained. Whether the team think-tank will go with emotion and hand over Nehra a farewell game will remain to be seen.

Consistent performances in the IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad and an impressive tour of South Africa and series against New Zealand have meant that the 23-year-old Siraj has received his maiden India call-up.

Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Mohammed Siraj.

Nov 7: 3rd T20, Thiruvananthapuram.