India name unchanged 12-man squad for 2nd Test

Doug Mendoza
October 12, 2018

The 15-man squad also sees the return of Virat Kohli as captain after he sat out of the Asia Cup recently.

Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav have still not recovered from their injuries, though the latter could come back after the first two ODIs.

Fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who last played an ODI over a year ago, was added to the pace attack.

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The wicketkeeper-batsman's call-up was on expected lines after he impressed in his debut Test series against England before scoring an entertaining 92 in the first Test against the West Indies in Rajkot. In so doing, Thakur becomes the 294th Test player in Indian cricket history and his first match in the whites comes after two years with the team but on the sidelines. He was ruled out in between the Asia Cup after a back injury. Thakur returned to the squad after recovering and playing a domestic one-day match for Mumbai against Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, taking 3 for 53 and scoring 30 off 14 balls in the match. The spin attack was retained, with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal completing the trio. Right now we're giving an opportunity to Rishabh Pant.

In their place are Mohammed Shami, Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur form India's bowling department.

The selectors will pick up India's limited-overs squad against Windies on Thursday (October 11) however, its still not clear if the squad will be announced for the first three games or the entire series, which comprises five ODIs and three T20 Internationals, starting October 21.

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