There were reports in the media that Kohli could be rested to make way for Mayank Agarwal, who has been knocking the door of Indian Test team for a long time, for the second match but when BCCI announced 12 member team on Thursday, his name was again missing. Other than the playing XI that played in Rajkot, Shardul Thakur was named as the 12th member of the team. The second Test between India and West Indies starts in Hyderabad from Friday.
In the first Test in Rajkot,India defeated West Indies by an innings and 272 runs.
Interestingly the 27-year-old opener was seen actively participating in the practice session ahead of the Hyderabad Test. The selection committee has been subjected to criticism for not giving this talented batsman an opportunity. Now that he is not a part of this squad, his chances of travelling with the squad for the forthcoming Australia tour too are less.
Agarwal has performed brilliantly during 2017-18 domestic season, scoring 1160 runs in 13 innings in the Ranji Trophy. In November 2017, he made his case for a spot in the Test even stronger, as he went on to bag a first triple hundred in first-class cricket.
Other than Agarwal, Mohammad Siraj was another player who was brought in the squad after some influential performances in domestic cricket. While there were suggestions that Siraj could replace Mohammed Shami in the team in Hyderabad, the team management went with a tired and tested line up once again.
India: Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur
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