Hyderabad: After a comprehensive win over the West Indies by an innings and 272 runs in the opening Test at Rajkot, India announced their 12-man squad for the second and final Test on Thursday.
While youngster Prithvi Shaw was handed his debut in the opener, Virat Kohli and the team management also decided to give a maiden Test cap to fast bowler Shardul Thakur.
But with an inexperienced Caribbean side hardly possessing any threat against India, fans were left baffled with the exclusion of batsman Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Siraj – two players who have impressed in the domestic circuit with their consistency.
Raising questions over BCCI’s decision to leave the duo out, Twitterati took no time to vent out their frustration.
Disappointing to see Mayank Agarwal miss out again from the playing XI again. Merited a chance. And hopefully, Ajinkya Rahane will perform. Else there would be serious questions mark over him. Might well be dropped for Australia tour. https://t.co/tVitljOaye— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) October 11, 2018
@BCCI please explain why Mayank Agarwal and Mohammed Siraj has not been included for he second test ... are u listening completely to captain and coach ...this is not acceptable..chance Should be given for the talented people and u should never listen to the captain always ... pic.twitter.com/dSRBNIneEq— anchorprashant (@anchorprashant) October 11, 2018
Make or break time for Mayank Agarwal. If he doesn't get a chance in the second test match tomorrow..he won't play in Australia. @BCCI needs to use his flawless batting form. KL Rahul or Rahane can be rested to make a spot for Mayank. Come-on BCCI do justice! #INDvWI #AUSvIND— ravi kalra (@ravikalra0) October 11, 2018
This is an opportunity wasted. You pick Karun Nair but don’t play him. You pick Mayank Agarwal but don’t play him. These decisions defy logic https://t.co/JJ53b7FFxZ— Bindesh Pandey (@bindeshpandey) October 11, 2018
Mayank and Siraj should have sure been rewarded for what they have done in the Domestic circuit. Am sure these guys would never get a chance in Australia. This was their best chance.— Syed Ali (@sabrarali) October 11, 2018
no mayank agarwal
whats the point of fielding such a strong side against lame windies team
cant u rest pujara or rahane for one test???— दर्शन (@deekuonfire) October 11, 2018
Siraj and Mayank Agarwal should've been given a chance! Aise nahi jeetoge Australia mei— Adi (@AdiShriram) October 11, 2018
Should've rested Shami for homeboy Siraj— zaad (@zaadshaikh94) October 11, 2018
— BrainFaden Smith (@brainfadesmith) October 11, 2018
No Mayank, no Siraj for Hyderabad Test. Surprising.— Gautam Sodhi (@GautamSodhi1) October 11, 2018
completely biased view : should have played siraj and mayank :/ https://t.co/vYlzR4x8Z5— Ratnam (@gsrchaitanya) October 11, 2018
No place for Mayank, Siraj or Vihari for the second Test either....Team India putting its best XI on the park against WI. #IndvWI— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 11, 2018
India's ruthless home run is unlikely to be challenged when the team takes on a below-par West Indies in the second Test Friday in what threatens to be another lopsided contest.
After the hosts won the first Test by a record innings and 272 runs, there are hardly any signs that there will be a change in the script as the second Test promises to be another run-feast.
Add to it, skipper Jason Holder is still not 100 per cent fit and their only fast bowler of repute Shannon Gabriel is a doubtful starter for the encounter. India, on the other hand, have not made any changes to the squad that won the first game inside three days in Rajkot.
The lop-sided matches are hardly the kind of preparation the Indian team would have wanted before the big-ticket series against Australia starting December.
In fact, Virat Kohli's team might not be able to escape a sense of deja vu as it goes into the second Test.
In 2011, India dominated West Indies 2-0 in a one-sided series before crashing to a 0-4 defeat against Australia Down Under.
Similarly, in 2013 when India won both Test matches well inside three days, the next tour of South Africa didn't pan out well as they lost the series.
It is just an indicator that the West Indies Test teams over the years have not been competitive enough to challenge the Indian team, which is anyway formidable on home turf.