The Indian cricket team made just one adjustment for the second Test against the West Indies, which began on Thursday in Trinidad. India’s skipper Rohit Sharma stated that Mukesh Kumar would replace Shardul Thakur, who was out with a niggle. Right-arm pacer Mukesh competes for Bengal in domestic competitions. He has been a member of the national team’s periphery for a while now. In September of last year, Mukesh received his first call-up to the Indian team for the ODI series against South Africa. He was then chosen for the T20I series against Sri Lanka in December 2022. Scroll down to read more about India’s Latest Test Debutant Mukesh Kumar.
Who Is India’s Latest Test Debutant, Mukesh Kumar?
The 29-year-old Mukesh, a native of Gopalganj, Bihar, made his first-class debut on October 30 against Haryana in the 2015-16 Ranji Trophy for Bengal. He has 149 wickets at a strike rate of 47.70 in 39 games. Additionally, he has taken 32 wickets in 33 T20 games and 24 List-A games while playing.
At the toss, the captain of India, Rohit, declared, “We were looking to bat first. It also appears to be pleasant and sunny. It will move more slowly. Shardul had woken up with an ache. He is unfit. Mukesh Kumar will make his interim debut. He has put a lot of effort into domestic cricket. There are many fond memories, and watching the rivalry between the two teams has always been fun. Always challenging, the trip requires a lot of labor. We had to put in a lot of effort even in the previous game, especially the batters. Hopefully, we get the desired outcome.”
The sole addition to the India XI that triumphed in the series opener in Dominica was Mukesh Kumar. According to skipper Rohit Sharma, the Bengal pacer from Bihar took over for Shardul Thakur, who had a groin injury and missed the second Test.
In addition, the second Test in Port of Spain will be the 100th Test between India and the West Indies, a milestone reached 74 years after the pair’s first encounter in the game’s longest format.
Virat Kohli played in his 500th international game during the contest. The former captain was taking part in India’s 111th Test match. He was hoping to build on his solid 76-run performance in the team’s 141-run triumph in the opening match.
India vs West Indies Team
India: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Mukesh Kumar, Mohammed Siraj.
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite(c), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Kirk McKenzie, Jermaine Blackwood, Alick Athanaze, Joshua Da Silva (wk), Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, Shannon Gabriel.