India announce 12-man squad for Rajkot Test
India have announced their short listed 12 members squad for the first Test against Windies which will commence in Rajkot tomorrow.
Windies are sll set to play two Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is in India. The opening match of the series will be the first of two match Test series and the match is set to be played in Rajkot.
Ahead of the Test series, BCCI had announced 15 man squad couple of days ago which features aome fresh faces in the side. With less than a day to go for the field, India have announced the shortlisted names of 12 players for the first Test.
Right handed opening batsman Prithivi Shaw is going to have his first International appearance in Indian cap. It means that KL Rahul will play with new opening partner after his regular partners Dhawan and Vijay were left out.
Mohammad Siraj and Mayank Agarwal who got the maiden-call up to the side have to sit on the bench. Surprsingly Hanuma Vihari whi scored a half century in his debut against England has been left out as it seems India looking to play with more bowling options.
Incidentally, in the just-concluded warm-up game against the touring Windies side, Shaw managed only 8 runs while Agarwal managed 90 for the Board President’s XI.
India have named six bowlers in the list of 12 men, which clearly shows they are looking to play with five proper bowlers since Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja can be taken as proper all-rounders in these circumstances.
India’s 12-member shortlist:
Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur