Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul left out
Meanwhile, India preferring Gill over Agarwal is perhaps a sign of continuity. Gill had a memorable start to his Test career in Australia, but his form somewhat tapered off during the home series against England, where he managed just 119 runs in seven innings at 19.83.
Agarwal, the man he pipped, lost his opening spot as soon as Rohit rejoined the Test squad in Australia, and didn’t feature in each of the four home Tests against England. He is India’s fourth-highest run-getter in the current WTC cycle, having made 857 runs in 20 innings at an average of 42.85, with three centuries and two half-centuries.
Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo