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. India break away from tradition, the Indian cricket team on yesterday announced the 12-man squad for the first Test match against the West Indies a day before the first ball of the series is to be bowled on October 4. Teenage batting sensation Prithvi Shaw will make his Test debut in the first game of the two-match series, becoming India’s 293rd Test player. 18-year-old Shaw has played only 14 first-class games, scoring 1,418 runs at an average of 56.71, and will open alongside KL Rahul, who was the third opener in England and survived the axe after posting a breezy 149 in the final Test at the Oval, reports India Today.
“We have a change at the top of the order and we will give these guys enough space and enough chances to feel comfortable at that position,” India captain Virat Kohli told reporters. “We want them to be confident about what they are doing.” India have named three spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja – in the team. Fast bowlers Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur have also been included. The final XI however, will be announced by captain Virat Kohli at the toss on Thursda Uncapped opener Mayank Agarwal, all-rounder Hanuma Vihari and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj are the three players to miss out from India’s original 15-man squad. The Test series against West Indies will be India’s last chance to play some red-ball cricket before their tour to Australia.
The Indian team are again not scheduled to play any practice games before the Test series as of now due to a cramped schedule. India, who last lost a Test series at home in late 2012 against England, started the year with a 2-1 loss to South Africa but then thrashed debutants Afghanistan at home in a one-off Test before flying to England, where they won the T20 series 2-1 but lost the ODI series 1-2 before going on to lose the five-match Test series 1-4. The trip to Australia will be the last chance in 2018 for Kohli’s men to show they can match their formidable home form with success abroad and show the world why they are the world’s top-ranked Test side.
India 12-man squad: KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw (debut), Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur.