The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday that batsman Prithvi Shaw and all-rounder Hanuma Vihari have been named in India’s squad for the remaining two Tests against England. The All-India Senior Selection Committee met in Nottingham to pick the team for the Tests to be played in Southampton and London. Opening batsman Murali Vijay, who was out for a pair at Lord’s and then dropped at Trent Bridge, and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been dropped to make way for Shaw and Vihari in the 18-man squad.
While Vijay’s poor form made way for the younger opener, Vihari has been called-up as a back-up for Ravichandran Ashwin. However, head coach Ravi Shastri told the media at the end of the Trent Bridge Test that Ashwin, who was suffering from a hip injury, would be fit in time for the next Test in Southampton starting August 30.The 18-year old Shaw captained India to the Under-19 World Cup title in February and has since been part of India’s A teams. He plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Delhi Daredevils. Meanwhile, 24-year-old Vihari averages 59.79 from 63 first-class matches.