Having witnessed a young Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya wreck havoc against England in the third Test at Trent Bridge, the Indian selectors have decided to invest in youth, and have picked uncapped duo of Prithvi Shaw and Hunami Vihari for the remaining two Test matches in the five-match series.
Shaw, 18, is earmarked as the next big thing in Indian cricket. He skippered India to U-19 World Cup success earlier this year, and has a phenomenal record in first class cricket, where he averages close to 57.
Vihari, on the other hand, is a seasoned domestic player. At the age of 24, he has made a name for himself within the country. He averages an incredible 59.79 in first class cricket, with 5142 runs in 63 matches.
The two players have replaced Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav as India look to make an improbable comeback in the series. Virat Kohli and co. trailed the series 2-0 after Lord's, but made it 2-1 at Nottingham, thanks to their skipper's batting performance, as well as the bowling displays of Bumrah and Pandya.
India's batting unit improved exceptionally in comparison to the previous two Tests. The Indian batsmen looked far more composed and finally looked to have found their rhythm in the third test. Kohli managed another century in the series, and made 200 runs in the Test. There was support from Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored half centuries each.
As far as India's bowling was concerned, Bumrah's inclusion seemed to have bolstered the bowling attack. The Indian bowling unit dominated the proceedings over the course of two innings, and rattled an English batting unit which was dreaming of chasing down a record score. Bumrah and Pandya starred for the Indian cricket team claiming five-wicket hauls. Also, not forgetting Pandya's T20I-like innings, wherein he scored 52 runs which contributed in setting the mammoth target of 521.
India squad for fourth and fifth Test: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hanuma Vihari