• England in India 2012-13

India retain losing squad for Kolkata Test

ESPNcricinfo staff
November 27, 2012
MS Dhoni must inspire a turnaround for India © PA Photos

India have retained 15 players from the squad that lost to England in Mumbai for the third Test at Eden Gardens, beginning in Kolkata on December 5.

Fast bowler Umesh Yadav, who did not play the second Test because of a back injury, was not fit and hence left out.

The squad for the fourth Test, to be played in Nagpur, and the two Twenty20 internationals will be picked later, a board release said.

Yadav, the most effective of India's pace bowlers in the series-opener in Ahmedabad, has been advised "at least 10 days' rest" by a specialist in Mumbai, and is not expected to recover in time despite the lengthy break ahead of the Test.

"The injury is more serious than it was thought to be, so the team will have to make do without him for at least another Test," an insider told ESPNcricinfo.

The India squad will assemble in Kolkata on December 2, after a few days' break, while England will remain in Mumbai before leaving for Kolkata on November 30.

Squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin, Ashok Dinda, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Zaheer Khan.

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