India on Wednesday announced 18-man squad for the remaining two test matches in England. Young Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari earned their place in the longer format of the game.
Unfortunately, Murali Vijay (he failed in both innings of the first two tests just like any other player apart from Kohli and wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav also misses out.
Dinesh Karthik is available as a backup wicketkeeper. Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues to miss remaining tests owing to his lower back injury.
Prithvi Shaw is a familiar name among many, this year he led India under 19 to the World Cup glory. The 18-year-old has a batting average of 56.72 in first-class cricket with seven tons. Recently he scored 188 vs WI ‘A’, 62 against England Lions (at Worcester) and 136 against South Africa A.
Note: Indian openers did well in the third test so he is unlikely to play at Southampton (in the fourth test).
On the other hand, the 24-year-old Hanuma Vihari is a No.3 batsman and captains Andra in Ranji Trophy. He averages 59.79 with over 5000 runs in with 15 hundred and 24 fifties in 63 matches. His highest scores include 302 not out, recently he scored 148 against SA ‘A’ in Bengaluru.
Note: Vihari might not be able to make his debut in the ongoing series with big names such as Cheteswar Pujara, Virat Kohli ©, and Ajinkya Rahane in the middle-order.
Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Hanuma Vihari
Indian team for 4th and 5th Test against England announced.
Virat Kohli (C), Dhawan, Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Pujara, Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hanuma Vihari pic.twitter.com/bICu1ef9Co
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The selection committee also selected India A squad. The side will play two four-day matches against Australia A at Vizag.
Squad: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, R Samarth, A Easwaran, Ankit Bawne, Shubman Gill, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Shahbaz Nadeem, Kuldeep Yadav, K Gowtham, Rajneesh Gurbani, Navdeep Saini, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohd.Siraj