India Name Unchanged 12 for Windies Test, Mayank Misses Out Again
No cap for Mayank Agarwal this time.
Team India has announced an unchanged twelve for the second Test against West Indies, starting 12 October in Hyderabad. Shardul Thakur continues to be the 12th man as a 2-0 series win is paramount for the home team at this point of time.
India pulled off their biggest-ever Test victory by beating West Indies in one of the most one-sided games in recent history, inflicting on the hapless visitors an innings and 272-run humiliation inside three days in the first Test at Rajkot. They are now leading 1-0 in the two-match Test series.
India Final 12
Virat Kohli (captain), Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.
No Cap for Mayank Agarwal
No India cap for Mayank Agarwal this time. The 27-year-old opener had earned his maiden India call-up for this series after a record-breaking domestic season, but wasn’t picked for either of the matches.
Instead, the team management included youngster Prithvi Shaw to open in the first Test against the Windies. And the 18-year-old did not disappoint. He smashed a century on debut in Rajkot and will be playing the next match with his fellow opener KL Rahul.
Bowling coach Bharath Arun put up a strong argument for the out-of-form Rahul, who has delivered 14 unimpressive performances in 16 knocks this year. The decision to play him for this Test is a fair enough indication that India will be looking at the Rahul-Shaw combination going into that first Test against Australia in Adelaide on 6 December.
Rahane’s Form an Area of Concern?
The only area of concern for India will be vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane's form, who was touted as the best player in overseas conditions back in 2013-14 season, when he scored 96 at Durban, 118 at Wellington, 103 at the Lord's and 145 at Melbourne.
Rahane has gone without a Test hundred for nearly 14 months (last hundred came against Sri Lanka in August 2017). His career has tapered off a bit in the last couple of years. And the second Test would be last shot to get back into a good frame of mind before the Australia series, which could be make or break for him.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder is still not 100 percent fit and their only fast bowler of repute Shannon Gabriel is a doubtful starter for the encounter.
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