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India have dropped opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan for the upcoming Test series against the West Indies due to his poor run of form in the longest format.
Dhawan struggled to have an impact in the recent five-Test series against England as he scored 162 runs in four Tests at an average of 20.25.
With Dhawan omitted from the squad, India have called up uncapped batsman Mayank Agarwal, who has been in superb form over the past few seasons.
Agarwal could potentially open the batting with Lokesh Rahul, but there is also a possibility that Prithvi Shaw could replace Dhawan at the top of the order.
Meanwhile, India have rested seamers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while pace bowler Ishant Sharma and all-rounder Hardik Pandya were not considered for selection as they are recovering from ankle and back injuries respectively.
As a result of this, uncapped fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was drafted into the side. Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur are the other seamers in the side.
India’s spin attack will consist of Ravichandran Aswin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav.
Virat Kohli will return to captain India after he was rested for the Asia Cup, which India won under the leadership of Rohit Sharma.
The two-Test series between India and the West Indies will begin on October 4 in Rajkot.
India’s Test Squad: Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur