India's U-19 World Cup winner Prithvi Shaw selected for last two Tests against England

Sport360 staff 21:52 22/08/2018
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Prithvi Shaw (r).

Teenage batting prodigy Prithvi Shaw has been added to India‘s squad for the final two Tests against England.

The 18-year-old opener has registered seven centuries in his 14 first-class matches to date and captained India Under-19s to World Cup glory earlier this year. Shaw joins fellow batsman Hanuma Vihari in the squad, with opener Murali Vijay and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav dropping out.

Vijay was absent from India’s 203-run victory at Trent Bridge, which narrowed the series deficit to 2-1, after making a pair in the second Test at Lord’s.

Kuldeep, a key figure in India’s limited-overs sides, similarly failed to score a run across two innings at the Home of cricket and was nonthreatening with the ball.

Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is another notable omission from the squad, having missed the first three Tests with a back injury.

India squad for the fourth and fifth Tests : Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Hanuma Vihari, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur.

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