After winning the first test in emphatic fashion by 287 runs and an innings, the BCCI has decided to not tinker with its combinations and name an unchanged squad for the second test against West Indies which will be played in Hyderabad.
As expected, teenage sensation Prithivi Shaw retained his place in the squad after shining on his test debut with a maiden century. However, surprisingly KL Rahul maintained his place despite been dismissed for a duck in Rajkot.
This means that, Prithvi Shaw's fellow teammates Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Siraj will have to wait a little longer to make their test debuts after failing to make the cut yet again in the Indian 12-member squad.
India's bowling lineup too remained unchanged after Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin starred with the ball. With Siraj missing out, Shardul Thakur was named the team's backup bowler.
The Indian selectors were supposed to tweak with selection after the first test, in order to give some untested players a chance before the tour of Australia in November. However, as it seems they have decided not to tinker with the team composition.
It is safe to say the first test between the two sides was a rather one-sided affair, with the West Indies looking no match for a superior Indian side, who outclassed them in all departments. Even on a dry pitch like Rajkot the Caribbean side struggled to bat on, which was further compounded with the absence of skipper Jason Holder and pacer Kemar Roach.
With that being said, many might argue that the recent decisions by the Indian cricket team management would be the ideal preparation for the series down under. However, it remains to see how the team performs in the second Test which will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from October 12.
Here's the entire 12-member squad:
Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (w/k), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur