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Shaw, Vihari added to India Test squad; Vijay and Kuldeep dropped

Last updated on: August 22, 2018 22:50 IST
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Opener Murali Vijay and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav were dropped for the last two Tests of the ongoing five-match series against England.

Prithvi Shaw

IMAGE: Prithvi Shaw was called up to India's Test squad after his consistent showing with the bat for India 'A' and in domestic cricket. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Mumbai youngster Prithvi Shaw and Andhra batsman Hanuma Vihari were the two surprise inclusion in India's squad for the last two Tests of the ongoing five-match series against England.

 

Veteran opener Murali Vijay was axed after a disastrous show in the first two Tests while chinaman Kuldeep Yadav made way for an additional batsman.

Vijay failed to score in both innings of the second Test at Lord's after he had managed just 20 and six in the series opener in Birmingham.

With Shikhar Dhawan and K L Rahul doing well in India's victory at Trent Bridge, the 34-year-old Tamil Nadu opener was left out of the squad with the young Shaw getting his maiden call up to the Indian team.

"I am feeling good, what else can I say. I cannot express myself in words. I am confident that India A's recent tour of England will be helpful," Prithvi told PTI.

India won the third Test in Nottingham by 203 runs to reduce England's lead to 2-1 after the hosts had won the first two matches.

18-year-old Shaw has been among the runs since he made his first class debut last year. He started with a century on debut for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals against Tamil Nadu in January last year and then went on to score a century on debut in Duleep Trophy.

He led India to the Under-19 World Cup title earlier this year.

Hanuma Vihari

IMAGE: Hanuma Vihari boasts of an impressive tally of 5142 runs in 63 first class games. Photograph: Ashley Allen/Getty Images

Shaw first made headlines in 2013 when he scored a record 546 for Rizvi Springfield in the Under-16 schools tournament in Mumbai.

Recently, he scored four centuries for India 'A' -- 102 against West Indies 'A', 132 against Leicestershire, 136 against South Africa 'A' and 188 against West Indies 'A'.

On the other hand, Vihari has been a consistent run scorer in domestic cricket for the past few seasons. Playing for India 'A', he recently hit 148 against South Africa 'A' and had smashed 147 against West Indies 'A' in Northampton earlier this year.

Last year, Vihari, 24, had scored a triple century for Andhra against Odisha, for an impressive tally of 5142 runs in 63 first class games at an average of 59, with 15 centuries.

The fourth Test will be played in Southampton from August 30, while the fifth and final Test will be played at the Oval, London from September 11.

India’s squad for the fourth and fifth Tests against England: Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Hanuma Vihari

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