Hyderabad, Oct 11: On the eve of the second Test match against West Indies, India have announced their 12-member squad on Thursday (October 11) here. The Indian team management has decided to go with an unchanged squad that was announced for the first match against the Windies.
Contrary to popular belief, the Indian team management hasn't made any changes to the side and dashed the hopes of Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal getting his debut cap. Mayank was included in the Indian squad for the two-match series but he will be warming the benches in the second Test as well.
Many felt that the 27-year-old Bangalore cricketer would find a place in the list of probables on Thursday after 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw was handed over his debut cap in the previous game against a lower-ranked Windies side.
Here's the 12-member squad that has been announced for the Hyderabad Test: KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur.
Going with the squad, it seems Shardul will be omitted on Friday (October 12) as skipper Kohli would look to play with an unchanged side. KL Rahul, who was dismissed for a duck in the previous match, has got an opportunity. The team management is showing faith in the Karnataka batsman and wants him to get into his form before Australia tour next month. Similarly, it seems the management is going to take young Shaw down under for the four-Test series, hence giving the talented Mumbai batsman some match practice.
Andhra batsman Hanuma Vihari - who scored a fifty under testing English conditions on his debut - too has been sidelined. The right-handed batsman will also have to wait to play his first Test match at home.
Kohli's deputy Ajinkya Rahane too is going through a lean patch as the Mumbaikar is struggling to get into his grooves. Rahane hasn't slammed a ton in 2018 and his last century came against Sri Lanka last year. The right-handed batsman too would be hoping to play a big knock against West Indies bowling line-up which has been boosted by Kemar Roach and Jason Holder.