Madhya Pradesh batsman Rajat Patidar has earned a call-up to the Indian Test squad for the upcoming series against England, stepping in for Virat Kohli, who withdrew from the first two matches due to personal reasons, as per reports.
This right-handed batsman will be part of the Test side for the initial two games. Patidar, who recently marked his international debut during the ODI series against South Africa in December 2023, was in Ahmedabad participating in the India A vs. England Lions series. He is set to join the squad in Hyderabad later today, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
Patidar showcased his prowess with a remarkable century, scoring 151 off 158 balls in the first unofficial Test against England Lions last week. With an impressive first-class record, the 30-year-old has accumulated 4,000 runs in 55 matches, boasting an average of 45.97. His remarkable tally includes 12 centuries and 22 half-centuries.
The opening Test of the five-match series between India and England is scheduled to commence in Hyderabad on January 25. Patidar's inclusion brings anticipation and excitement as he aims to make a significant impact in the prestigious Test arena.
(With Agency Inputs)