first_imgMurali Vijay has been dropped from the Indian team for the remaining two Tests of the five-match series against England.Vijay was dropped after a disappointing outing with the bat in the first two Tests at Edgbaston and Lord’s. He was dropped from the playing XI for the Trent Bridge Test which India won by 203 runs to narrow England’s lead to 2-1 after three Tests.Vijay, who was India’s leading run-getter in England in 2014, aggregated 26 runs from four innings. Vijay was also in a woeful form when India toured South Africa earlier this year and has 6 single-digit scores in his last 11 innings.Prithvi Shaw earned his maiden Test call-up while batsman Hanuma Vihari has also been added to the 18-member Indian squad.READ – India complete historic Test triumph in England: Recapping all seven victoriesKuldeep Yadav, who played the second Test at Lord’s in place of Umesh Yadav, was also dropped from the squad. He will now be part of India A’s squad for two four-day matches against Australia A to be played at Vizag.Also Vijay’s form outside the sub-continent has been wretched for sometime now even though he has a decent average of 39.33 across 59 Test matches. He has scored 3933 runs with 12 hundreds.READ – Virat Kohli breaks Sourav Ganguly’s record as Test captainThe 18-year-old Shaw, who had captained India U-19 to World Cup triumph earlier this year, is set to be rewarded for his consistent show in the first-class cricket.Shaw has scored 1418 runs in 14 first-class matches with an average of 56.72 and seven centuries. He was one of the star performers along with Vihari and Mayank Agarwal during India A’s recent tour of the UK.advertisementVirat Kohli dedicates historic Test triumph to Kerala flood victimsHe scored 188 in a first-class game against West Indies A in Beckenham and recently scored 136 against South Africa A in Bengaluru.Vihari, a member of the 2012 U-19 World Cup team, has been a consistent scorer in Ranji Trophy and has also done well for India A in recent times.Vihari enjoys a phenomenal average of nearly 60 in 63 first-class games with 5142 runs and 15 hundreds to his credit. During the tour of UK, he scored 147 in a List A game against West Indies A. He also had a half-century in a four-day ‘Test’ against the same opponents.Anushka Sharma keeps me motivated, I dedicate my innings to her: Virat KohliRecently, he also scored 54 and 148 in the two ‘Tests’ against South Africa A side at home.The fourth Test between India and England will be played at Southampton from August 30.India’s squad for the fourth and fifth Tests against England: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Hanuma VihariIndia A squad for the two four-day games against Australia A: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, R Samarth, A Easwaran, Ankit Bawne, Shubman Gill, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Shahbaz Nadeem, Kuldeep Yadav, K Gowtham, Rajneesh Gurbani, Navdeep Saini, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohd. Sirajlast_img read more