Ind vs Eng: Rohit Sharma vs Mayank Agarwal for 2nd Test: Team India opener Rohit Sharma once again failed to deliver during India vs England 1st Test in Chennai and he has been facing ire of cricket experts and fans alike for a poor run of form since recovery from the hamstring injury which he incurred during IPL 2020. Upon his return, Rohit has just managed 147 runs in his last six Test innings with a top score of 52, which is his only fifty only in the past eight Test innings.
Notably, Rohit was dismissed on scores of 6 and 12 in the first Test against England and since his return to the Test squad, Rohit has been accused of throwing his wicket away contrary to his opening partner Shubman Gill, who has lately been in sublime form with the bat. Moreover, in the last three Test, Rohit has managed to score just 147 runs at an average of 24.50.
Ind vs Eng 2nd Test: High time Rohit Sharma score big, Mayank Agarwal waiting in the wings:
India wiill expect that Rohit Sharma gives decent start in the 2nd Test. If Rohit fails again, team management may include Mayank Agarwal in the XI at some point of time in the series.
Agarwal could not score big in Australia but overall he has performed well since his debut in 2018. The right-hand opening batsman from Karnataka has scored 1,052 runs at an average of 45.73 in 14 Tests and has slammed three centuries, including a double ton.
Moreover, Agarwal boasts of a phenomenal average of 99.5 at home. He has played five Tests on home soil and scored 597 runs including three centuries. His highest score is 243 runs.
A lot will be riding on Team India openers in the second Test if hosts are to bounce back strongly after facing a crushing defeat in the first Test. Also, with the WTC summit clash, India will pray HIT-MAN fires in the whites.
India’s predicted playing XI for the second Test: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel /Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma.