After the emphatic win in the first Test by an innings and 272 runs against West Indies, India announced the same 12-member shortlist team for the 2nd Test which is set to begin in Hyderabad from Friday. As expected, the man-of-the-match award winner Prithvi Shaw retained his place in the team. KL Rahul, who was dismissed for a duck in the first over at Rajkot, was also included in the side, despite India having the option to give Mayank Agarwal his Test debut.
India also decided to retain Ajinkya Rahane in the team, despite questions being raised on his recent form. The right-handed batsman was dismissed for 41 in the first Test and has scored only two half-centuries in 11 Test innings. Hanuma Vihari, who was an option in the middle-order was not included in the shortlist.
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Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja, who were excellent with the ball at Rajkot made it into the team. India also included Shardul Thakur as a backup bowling option, which meant that Mohammed Siraj will have to wait to receive his maiden Test cap.
India were expected to make changes in the team after a comfortable victory, to give a chance to the untested players ahead of the tour to Australia starting from November. Agarwal, who scored over 2,000 runs in the domestic season in all formats last year, was one of the players, who was expected to make the cut.
India 12-man squad for 1st Test: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur