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IND VS ENG: Akash Deep, Bengal Pacer’s First India Test Call-Up; Who is Akash Deep?

Bengal pacer Akash Deep received his first Test call-up for the last three matches, as the selectors chose him over Avesh Khan.He has previously been called up to India's limited-overs squads for the Asian Games (T20Is) and the South Africa tour (ODIs).

Akash Deep Test Call Up (Source: X)

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IND VS ENG:The BCCI confirmed India’s squad for the final three Tests against England on Saturday. The selection committee waited for a couple of days to gain fitness clearance for KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, therefore the announcement was delayed.However, the duo’s availability is still contingent on fitness.

Bengal pacer Akash Deep received his first Test call-up for the last three matches, as the selectors chose him over Avesh Khan.He has previously been called up to India’s limited-overs squads for the Asian Games (T20Is) and the South Africa tour (ODIs).

The 27-year-old Bengal paceman pleased the team management with his performances for India A in three unofficial Tests against the England Lions.He was India A’s leading wicket-taker in the series, collecting 13 wickets in three matches. He also claimed a few four-fers.

The Bengal pacer plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, where he was purchased by the team in 2022 for INR 20 lakh. He has played seven IPL matches and taken six wickets. The 27-year-old is yet to prove his worth in the IPL, and the India call-up will undoubtedly improve his confidence for the upcoming season of the lucrative tournament.

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During his first season, Akash wowed captain Faf du Plessis with his pace following an IPL match.

“DK (Karthik) was excellent, but I was most amazed by Akash Deep. “He was fantastic with the new ball, bowling very good hard lengths,” he stated in a video published by RCB on Twitter.

I was surprised by his pace as well. It is very pleasing for us to have young fast bowlers stepping up

He made his First Class debut in 2019 and has taken 103 wickets in 29 games so far. He has been a consistent bowler for Bengal, and he is also a useful batsman later down the order. The 27-year-old can hit the ball far, having scored 32 sixes and 27 fours in first class. Meanwhile, in 28 List A games, he took 42 wickets with an average of 24.50.

INDIAN TEST SQUAD FOR THE UPCOMING THREE TESTS:

Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul*, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (WK), KS Bharat (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja*, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep 

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