What should be India's starting XI for the second Test?
The Indian cricket team was beaten by a 227-run margin in the first Test against England in Chennai. India were behind England for most parts of the Test match and a lot of questions were asked with the selection of the team. Skipper Virat Kohli defended the combination opted for the first Test. However, India could tweak their playing XI. We analyze the same.
How did the Indian side perform in the first Test?
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane were disappointing in the first Test. Shubman Gill and R Ashwin impressed with bat and ball respectively. Washington Sundar, Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Kohli played important knocks in one of the two innings. Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma toiled hard. However, Shahbaz Nadeem (four scalps) didn't offer much substance and was costly. Sundar was ineffective with the ball.
What was India's playing XI for the first Test?
Team India playing XI, 1st Test: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, R Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.
India should opt for these changes in the second Test
With the second Test to be held in Chennai as well, India are in a must-win scenario. They should opt for Kuldeep Yadav. His wrist-spin will be crucial at the Chepauk. He can be a direct replacement for Nadeem. Meanwhile, if Axar Patel is fit, he should get in the side. Sundar should make way after going wicketless in the first Test.
Rohit and Rahane to keep their places
Rohit will be backed to have another crack at England. It will be a test of character for Rohit, who needs to be at his best. Rahane is a weak link against England. His dismal average of 9.14 is baffling. However, being the vice-captain, Rahane will be backed. It remains to be seen how he shapes up. Another failure for Rahane could raise doubts.
India's playing XI for the second Test: Our take
Team India playing XI for second Test: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.