India vs New Zealand: Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Siraj receive maiden T20I call-ups

Mumbai cricketer Shreyas Iyer has been picked for the three-match T20 series against New Zealand. The first match will be played in Delhi on November 1

Hyderabad pacer Mohammed Siraj and dynamic Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer got national call-up on Monday, as the BCCI picked the two uncapped cricketers for the three-match series against New Zealand, starting November 1. MSK Prasad led selection committee declared the 16 man squad today giving preference to Iyer over unorthodox all-rounder Kedar Jadhav. Ashish Nehra, who is set to retire after the first T20 in New Delhi, is also in the squad.

Speaking to CricketNext prior to the first warm-up game against the Kiwis, Shreyas had said: "I feel like I am very much part of the team".

"Iyer has been prolific across formats - in first-class, one-dayers, T20 - he's been performing consistently".

On the question of Kohli who was expected to be given rest, the chief selector MSK Prasad said we are considering the work load of the players and rotational policy also applies on the captain.

In his last 10 innings, Iyer has scored two centuries and three fifties and that was enough for the selectors to include him in the squad.

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Ashish Nehra has been picked in the squad for the first match of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand.

Predictably, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja made a comeback in the longer version with Kuldeep Yadav being the third specialist spinner in the 16-member squad. "With Siraj, he is doing well and has been duly rewarded", Prasad added. That tally included an unbeaten 140 off 131 runs in the tri-series final, which helped India A clinch the series.

"There are a lot of apprehensions about Nehra".

Iyer had been part of the India under-19 squad as well and was part of the side that finished fifth in the 2014 World Cup in UAE. He also did well for India A during the series in Australia, South Africa and recently against New Zealand A. Ajinkya Rahane was once again left out of the shortest format team.

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