The Test series between India and England is nicely set up now. The visitors are flying high after a near perfect outing at Trent Bridge and it seems that the team is finally settled.
The squad, however, for the last two Test matches has been announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Nottingham on Wednesday. The selectors picked up inform batsmen Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari in the 18-member side.
BCCI has confirmed the news on its official Twitter handle as Murali Vijay was dropped from the team following the string of low scores. The same happened with Kuldeep Yadav who found himself in the playing XI at Lord’s.
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
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 22, 2018
With Vijay dropped after the pair at Lord’s, Shaw’s selection indicates change of guard for Indian batting, which has seen only four openers handed debut since Ishant Sharma’s debut, three of them being Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul.
India’s squad for the fourth and fifth Tests against England:
Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Hanuma Vihari