India could play another debutant in the form of Mayank Agarwal in the upcoming second Test against West Indies.
Team India thrashed West Indies by an innings and 272 runs to take an unassailable lead in the two-match series. Kuldeep Yadav spun around the West Indies batsmen, picking up 5 for 52 while Ravindra Jadeja (3/35) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/71) picked the remaining five as the visitors were all out for 196 in the second innings.
Right from day one, West Indies looked out of contention to save the game let alone winning it. And the writing was very much on the wall for the inexperienced West Indies side after India posted a daunting 649 for 9 in the first innings. In reply, West Indies were all out for just 181 in the first innings.
The Caribbean outfit is unlikely to challenge India much in the second Test too. And it looks like the hosts are ready to experiment with their lineup. Mayank Agarwal can get the green flag to start his international career.
If visuals from the practice sessions are anything to go by, Mayank might be handed a debut in Hyderabad as the Indian management are very keen to see him before the tough tour of Australia. Reports also suggest that Virat Kohli could be rested for the game.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 2, 2018
Agarwal broke into the Indian team after a sensational 2017-18 domestic season. He amassed 1160 runs in 13 innings of the Ranji Trophy. In November 2017, he scored his maiden triple century in first-class cricket.
He followed it up by amassing 723 runs in 8 matches at a staggering average of 90.37 in the 2017-18 season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He thus became the highest run-getter in one season of the tournament. The record for the most runs in a List-A tournament was previously held by Sachin Tendulkar who scored 673 runs in the 2003 ICC World Cup.
When the 2017-18 season ended, Agarwal had the most number of runs across all formats. He scored 2,141 runs across all formats in 2017-18. In June 2018, he was awarded with the Madhavrao Scindia Award For The Highest Run-Scorer In Ranji Trophy by the BCCI.
He also impressed for India A which paved the way for his maiden Test call-up.