The selectors have had a lot to consider after losing the first Test and the unavailability of important players.
In order to choose the team for the final three Tests of the current Test series against England, India’s selection committee will convene on February 9. With the series tied at one point, the selection committee needs to decide on a few crucial issues before the third Test.
In addition to the management keeping a careful eye on some players’ workloads, the Indian contingent is dealing with injury concerns. This meeting and the announcement that follows will therefore be crucial.
- The query about Virat Kohli
Regarding Virat Kohli’s absence for the remainder of the series due to personal concerns, there are a number of contradictory stories. At first, one of India’s star batters pulled out of the series, citing personal issues.
The selectors will once again have the responsibility of selecting a competent replacement for the team if Kohli does end up missing the next three games. Given that Sarfaraz Khan is already in the squad and Shreyas Iyer has played poorly lately, it will be fascinating to see if the team adds another all-round player or a new batter.
- What about Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul?
In the second Test match, India suffered two major injury blows when both KL Rahul (quad) and Ravindra Jadeja (hamstring) were ruled out. But according to recent sources, both of these significant players are now healthy and may make a comeback to the team. It will be intriguing to watch if the selectors decide to take a risk and include them both, or if they decide to proceed cautiously given the severity of their injuries.
To begin with, KL Rahul will provide stability to the team and may replace Shreyas Iyer at number four. The selectors may stick with the spin bowling strategy that worked in Vizag because Jadeja is a little more worrisome.
- Jasprit Bumrah’s amount of work
The management would be greatly relieved to learn that Mohammed Siraj will be playing in this third Test, since he can take on some of the duty for fast bowling.
To win the second Test, India’s bowling greatly depended on Jasprit Bumrah’s skill. As the only bowler in the world to have achieved the top rank in the ICC rankings across all forms, Bumrah enters this match as the favorite. After recovering from a stress fracture in his back during the World Cup last year, he has been in incredible condition. Because of this, the team management continues to prioritize controlling Siraj’s workload, which increases his significance to the group.