New Delhi: India's selection committee chairman Kris Srikkanth on Thursday lauded the youngsters, particularly the spin duo of R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha, for their good show in the first Test against the West Indies, and said retaining them in an unchanged squad is a reward for their performance.
The selectors named an unchanged squad for the second Test in Kolkata starting November 14, picking Ashwin and Ojha ahead of Harbhajan Singh who has been dropped on account of poor form.
"The team has done very well by winning the first Test. The selectors, coach and the captain are all very happy," Srikkanth said.
Aswhin recieved the Man-of-the-Match award for his nine-wicket haul in the first Test. (AFP Photo)
India fielded a young bowling attack against West Indies, and Srikkanth said the youngsters have done well in the Test to justify their selection.
"I am happy about Ashwin who took three wickets in first innings and six in the second. Ojha did well and pacer Umesh Yadav bowled well on a flat pitch typical of what you call Indian conditions."
"So overall, it was a superb performance by the team and we have named an unchanged squad considering the good show," he said.
Ashwin and Yadav made their debut in the first Test, which India won by five wickets. Ashwin became only the third cricketer ever to be named Man of the Match on debut. Srikkanth also praised the team management for executing the plans well in the Test.