India has won the first Test match against West Indies by an innings and 272 runs at Rajkot. With Batting first, India posted a huge total 649/9 with 3 centuries from debutant Prithvi Shaw, Captain Virat Kohli and local boy Ravindra Jadeja.
With India leading the series by 1-0, the game now moves to Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, where the West Indians would be fighting to rescue pride. It would be the last chance for India to check their bench strength and analyze the best squad in front of the tour to Australia in this November.
Let’s have a look at the Most Probable XI of Indian Team against West Indies for the 2nd Test:
• Openers – Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal
Prithvi Shaw, the debutant into Test cricket became an overnight star of Indian Cricket as he hit the Caribbean bowling attack and become the youngest Indian who score a Test hundred on debut. He played his natural attacking game from the first ball showed no sign of nerves. He got the Man of the Match for his dazzling batting performance.
However, he will be open with Mayank Agarwal in this match, once again keeping the overseas tour in mind. On another hand, Lokesh Rahul who gone on duck at Rajkot has proved himself in Australian conditions. Thus, it would be chance to Agarwal to make his test debut and do some match practice, as he is likely to be on of the best choice at the top of the order against the Kangaroos in a month’s time.
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• Middle Order – Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Hanuma Vihari
Ajinkya Rahane’s consistently poor performance and failing to convert his starts into big scores, Hanuma Vihari must be given an opportunity in place of him. This will also give Vihari the much-needed match practice in front of the Australia tour in November. Additionally, he provides a handy off-spin option to Virat Kohli in the bowling department.
Cheteshwar Pujara is the pillar of Indian batting, always score big for their team. Captain Kohli continued his dream run as he crossed his 24th Test hundred, becoming the second fastest after Sir Don Bradman to reach the mark. He was a top scorer for India with a calculative knock of 139 in 1st Test.
• Wicketkeeper – Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant, who missed his century by 8 runs in the first match, would be looking to make amends this time around. He would also be excited about enhancing his keeping.
• Spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav
As the pitch condition is quite favorable for the spinners, India again plans to play with the trio claiming 16 wickets out of 20 in the last test which speaks volumes of the impact that they had. Ashwin and Jadeja, also capable of contributing with the bat, provide depth to the batting.
The chinaman who picked 6 wickets in total recorded his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.
• Fast Bowlers – Mohammad Shami and Mohammad Siraj
Shami who bowled beautifully at Rajkot, it would get a chance to play in the second game at Hyderabad, once again keeping the Australia tour in mind. The team should give a debut cap to Mohammad Siraj, who has been stunning at the domestic cricket for a long while now, guiding India A to many victories. This change will help in managing the workload of one of India’s leading pacers and testing the skill of another at the international level.