India's predicted squad for the upcoming Test series against West Indies
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Middle-Order: Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, and Karun Nair
The Indian middle-order looks more or less sorted ahead of the home series against West Indies.
Cheteshwar Pujara, India's No.3 slotted batsman, has had a decent series against England. Having scored 278 runs at an average of 39.71 in the recently concluded Test series against England, Pujara was India's third highest run scorer in the series. Hence, he is expected to retain his place in the squad for the Test series against West Indies.
Well, we are no one to question Virat Kohli's inclusion in the squad for the series against West Indies unless and until he is injured. 244 runs, that was the difference between the highest run-scorer (Kohli) and the second highest run-scorer (Buttler) of the Test series between India and England - the dominance of Kohli in the series.
Unquestionably, Ajinkya Rahane didn't live up to his expectations in the recent Test series. But, his performances were too good for a player to get dropped from the team. Hence, the Mumbaikar is here to stay in the squad for the Test series against West Indies.
Hanuma Vihari, the one from the ranks of Rahul Dravid's India A side, was undoubtedly a treat to watch in his debut match. Vihari started off the match with an excellent fifty followed by some good bowling hand. Although Vihari failed to replicate his 1st innings batting heroics in the 2nd innings, he deserves to retain his place in the Indian Test team.
Unfortunately, Karun Nair failed to get a game in the Test series against England. Nonetheless, given his batting exploits, he can't be overlooked to be a part of the Indian Test team. Thus, Nair is set to maintain his place in the squad for the Test series against West Indies.