The BCCI on Sunday announced the Test squad for India’s upcoming series against West Indies and Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal received his maiden Test call while Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, who failed to hit the mark in England, were dropped from the team. Seamer Mohammad Siraj also received a maiden Test call while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Hardik Pandya were all rested for the Test series.
The BCCI stated in its release that Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar have been rested while Pandya and Ishant are yet to recover from their injuries. Other notable inclusions in the squad were Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant, who all were included in the final two Tests squad in England. Ravichandran Ashwin was also deemed to be fit to be included in the 15-member squad which will be led by Virat Kohli. The two-match series starts on October 4 in Rajkot.
Agarwal has been rewarded for his rich vein of form in first-class cricket. Shaw, who had been given a maiden international call-up during the England series, has been retained along with KL Rahul. Dhawan, who had been in and out of the Test teams that played in South Africa and England has been excluded. Vijay also suffered a lean run in England, scoring 26 runs in the two Tests that he was selected.
India 15-man squad: Virat Kohli (C), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur