The national selection committee headed by MSK Prasad on Tuesday picked the 15-member squad for the one-off Test match against Bangladesh. Mukund has made the cut, while Parthiv Patel has been dropped from the team, that will take on Bangladesh in a match to be held in Hyderabad.
Ajinkya Rahane made a return as after being ruled out of the final two Tests against England with a fracture in his right index finger. He featured in the recently concluded One-Day International series against England. Offspinner Jayant Yadav, who had missed the final Test against England in Chennai due to a hamstring injury, has recovered to make it back to the side.
Back to selection, Tamil Nadu southpaw Mukund is the additional member of the side with Wriddhiman Saha regaining his rightful place as the No. 1 wicket-keeper in Tests, replacing Parthiv Patel. Mukund has been a steady scorer with over 700 runs in Ranji Trophy for Tamil Nadu and will return to the national team dressing room after twin tours of West Indies and England in 2011.
Vijay, who had injured his shoulder during the final Test, was later withdrawn from the Tamil Nadu squad for their Ranji Trophy quarterfinal clash. After regaining fitness, he played in the inter-state T20 tournament and retained his spot in the Test squad.
Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, K Nair, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Abhinav Mukund, Hardik Pandya