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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

India drop Murali Vijay and Kuldeep Yadav for Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari

Teenage opening batsman Shaw one of Indian domestic season's successful players

Batsman Prithvi Shaw led India to the Under 19 World Cup title this year. AFP
Batsman Prithvi Shaw led India to the Under 19 World Cup title this year. AFP

Teenage batting prodigy Prithvi Shaw has been added to India's squad for the final two Tests against England.

The 18-year-old opener has registered seven centuries in his 14 first-class matches to date and captained India Under 19s to World Cup success this year.

Shaw joins fellow batsman Hanuma Vihari in the squad, with opener Murali Vijay and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav dropping out.

Vijay was absent from India's 203-run victory at Trent Bridge, which narrowed te series deficit to 2-1, after making a pair in the second Test at Lord's.

Kuldeep, a key figure in India's limited-overs sides, similarly failed to score a run across two innings at the 'Home of Cricket' and was nonthreatening with the ball.

Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is another notable omission from the squad, having missed the first three Tests with a back injury.