India announced the 15-member squad for the upcoming three-match Test series against New Zealand. Virat Kohli will lead the side which has eight batsmen, one wicketkeeper and six bowlers.
Shikhar Dhawan, who has had a poor run of form in the past few months, was also retained by the selectors.
Murali Vijay will be the first choice opener for India among the three picked for the New Zealand series.
KL Rahul retained his place after an impressive showing against the West Indies.
Cheteshwar Pujara, who had a forgettable series in West Indies, scored back-to-back hundred in Duleep Trophy including a double to impress the selectors.
Ajinkya Rahane will occupy the number five spot in the playing XI. The Mumbai batsmen had a decent run in West Indies
Rohit Sharma has made into the squad after much speculation surrounding the Mumbai batsman’s fate in the lead up to the selectors’ meet.
Wriddhiman Saha is the only wicket-keeper picked for the tour. He scored a hundred on the West Indies tour.
Ravendra Jadeja and R Ashwin will lead the spin attack on the turning pitches in India.
Amit Mishra, who impressed one and all in West Indies, is the third spinner for the New Zealand series.
Ishant Sharma will once again spearhead the pace attack for India.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also included in the squad for New Zealand series.
Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami are the two other pacers in the squad