India Vs England: Indian Squad Announced For The Last Two Tests
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have reported the squad for the last two Tests of the ongoing 5 test match series against England.
India lost the initial two Tests (the second one by a major edge), however ricocheted back in style to whip England by 203 runs in the 3rd Test, held at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The whole team performed well to accomplish their first triumph in this test series.
In any case, there were a couple of chinks in the protective layer of the playing XI, in the initial two Tests. One of the greatest frustrations was Murali Vijay, who failed to perform despite being given enough chances as an opener. His average in 4 innings amounted to 6.50, and henceforth, he has been dropped for the remaining two tests.
In Murali Vijay’s place, BCCI chose to run with the young blood, Prithvi Shaw. Shaw has been in incredible frame in the domestic circuit and has been performing for India A on a regular basis. He drove the Indian Under-19 group to World Cup achievement a year ago, and also played well in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Delhi Daredevils.
Congratulations to U19 World Cup winner, #Prithvi_Shaw, on his call-up to the Indian Cricket Team Test squad. ?? The boy can play! ?
— MANISH KAUSHAL (@Immkaushal) August 22, 2018
Aside from Prithvi Shaw, the 24 year old, Hanuma Vihari was likewise incorporated into the squad instead of Kuldeep Yadav. Vihari, as well, has been in tantalizing form as he was the main run-scorer for his state in the Ranji Trophy a year ago.
The fourth Test between India vs England, will be played from August 30 onwards at the Rose Bowl in Southampton before the last Test at The Oval in London from September 7 to September 11.
It is a must win test for India and as if England wins this test then they will win this test series.
The squad announced by BCCI is as follows:
India Vs England – Indian Test Squad
- Dinesh Karthik (Wkt.)
- Hanuma Vihari
- Hardik Pandya
- Ishant Sharma
- Karun Nair
- Prithvi Shaw
- Rishabh Pant (Wkt.)
- Shardul Thakur
- Umesh Yadav
- Virat Kohli (Capt.)
Social Media Reactions:
While some cricket fans appreciated the inclusion of young blood like Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari, others were of the opinion that more experienced players should have been included in the squad.
#ENGvIND Selection of Prithvi Shaw is a step in the right direction… We should give him all opportunities to flourish. Eager to see him play in the next match with the senior team ?
— অর্ণব (@arnabp123) August 22, 2018
Prithvi shaw is better then Rohit very very wrong decision BCCI??
Why? still good #Ro45??
give one Chance test series opening batting Rohit proof
Plz change tha play 11
— Vinoth Rohit (@VinothRohit4) August 22, 2018
Bit harsh on Kuldeep though…Could have kept him in the squad to gain some more experience…May be he should be allowed to play some county cricket
Prithvi Shaw and Vihari selection, absolutely spot on ? https://t.co/NACtVDROrk
— Manas Bhanushali (@MB_TheNormalOne) August 22, 2018
Gotta feel bad for Murali Vijay. He said he wanted to make a difference in the series for the side but he might well have seen the end of his career here. #ENGvIND
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) August 22, 2018
thanks for the entertainment Murali Vijay.. you should have played many more than what you did.. and you should have stayed playing defensive instead of raising the run rate..
— Calvin Daasan. . (@Calvindaasan) August 22, 2018
Murali vijay dropped, which means team has settled for dhawan and rahul as openers in coming games. In a way it’s good. Opening batsmen should be allowed few innings together. Theirs is most difficult job. Both seems to enjoy each other’s company. #ENGvsIND #INDvsENG #INDvENG
— chikki (@srishersingh) August 22, 2018
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