The Sandeep Patil led selection committee announced the squad for the third Test against England starting on December 5 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. It was an unchanged 15-man Indian squad barring the exclusion of Umesh Yadav, who was out due to a back injury.

The selectors refrained from making major changes to the team barring the inclusion of paceman Ashok Dinda for an injured Umesh Yadav. Dinda had been called as a cover for Ishant Sharma in the first Test and Yadav in the second Test though he did not get to play.

The selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil was to announce the team for the remaining two Test matches but did so only for the Kolkata match in a clear perform-or-perish message for some of the under-performing players.