India’s playing XI for 2nd Test vs Eng – Will India rest Rohit Sharma and Washinton Sundar? India face three challenges before picking the playing XI ahead of the second Test against England starting from Saturday at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The Virat Kohli-led side was outplayed in the first Test and suffered an embarrassing defeat of 227-runs. They are now in a must-win situation to keep their World Test Championship hopes alive.
The host in all likeability will replace Shahbaz Nadeem, who did not have a great outing in the first Test. There are doubts over Rohit Sharma’s inclusion too after the right-hander failed to give a strong start for the third time in a row. Washington Sundar can also be axed for the upcoming fixture.
India’s playing XI for 2nd Test vs Eng: Is Axar Patel fully fit to replace Shahbaz Nadeem or will it be Kuldeep Yadav?
While Nadeem’s replacement will be decided by Friday, it is expected allrounder Axar Patel, who returned to the nets, will replace him.
“Axar had a minor knee niggle and has already started batting at the nets. He is expected to start bowling during the next couple of days.
“He was always first choice to play the opening Test but it will depend on skipper Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharath Arun,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on Wednesday.
Indian skipper did not hide his disappointment when it came to Nadeem’s performance. In the post-match conference, he said Nadeem and Sundar could not keep up the pressure that was created by Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma.
Nadeem had four wickets in all but conceded 233 runs in 59 overs across two innings with an economy rate of close to 4 runs per over. Nadeem himself admitted that he has had some issues with the timing of his jump at the crease and he needs to sort that out in the nets.
India’s playing XI for 2nd Test vs Eng: Doubts over Washington Sundar
Sundar bowled 26 overs for 98 runs in the first innings and got a solitary over in the second innings. Kohli
“That’s a fair assessment [the fourth and fifth bowlers not being up to the mark]. You need your bowling unit to step up and create pressure on the opposition. We didn’t achieve that in this game which is fine, lack of execution is acceptable but to understand our mindset was right is very important for us,” he said.
If the team management decides to bench Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav can return to the team. However, India might give the 21-year-old another chance, given his impressive performance with the bat.
India’s playing XI for 2nd Test vs Eng: Will India replace Rohit Sharma?
The right-handed batsman struggle with the red-ball continued as he failed to give India a strong start for the third time in a row. Rohit was dismissed cheaply for 6 and 12 runs across the two innings.
Mayank Agarwal could be a possible replacement if India decides to rest him for the must-win situation.
India’s playing XI for 2nd Test vs Eng: Rohit Sharma/Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Washington Sundar/Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah