New Delhi. The Indian cricket team will be worried about the form of Ajinkya Rahane, who is on the verge of a historic victory in the 5th and final Test against England (India vs England). If Rahane gets a chance, this is probably the last chance to save his international career. The meteorological department has warned of rain for the first two days, which is a matter of joy for the Indian team, which scored 2-1 in the series. If Virat Kohli wins the series, he will be the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia (201-1-1) and England. However, like the last four Tests, the selection of the Indian team will be a topic of discussion.
The team management will also consider whether to keep Rahane in the squad, who has failed in both innings on the preferred pitch at the Oval. Failure in six of the seven innings must have shaken Rahane’s confidence. This is the last Test of the series and Kohli can give him one more chance. Failure to do so will almost end his international career as he is already 33 years old. If he doesn’t get a chance, Suryakumar Yadav can be fielded. The Sun is known for quick runs and can put pressure on England bowlers without James Anderson.
Bumrah can rest in the last Test
Work pressure management is a concern for the Indian team, especially for Jaspreet Bumrah. Bumrah has bowled 151 overs in the last one month, including 22 overs on the fourth and fifth day of the Oval Test. India won that Test by 157 runs. The way he hurt Oli Pope and Johnny Bairstow in the reverse swing in the last match, the thought of not playing them must have made the England batsmen happy. With Mohammad Shami fit, he is definitely playing in the XI. But in the absence of head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun, captain Kohli’s decision will be crucial.
Umesh Yadav and Shardul Tagore decided to play
The decision to keep Bumrah out of the bowlers’ favor would not be wise, but the T20 World Cup is coming up in six weeks and the Indian team will not want to take any chances. Umesh Yadav (wickets) and all-rounder Shardul Tagore (wickets and 117 runs), who performed well in the last match, are ready to play. Kohli’s decision to give preference to Rabindra Jadeja over Ravichandran Ashwin has proved to be partially correct. However, after the kind of brilliant performance that Shardul has done with the bat, Jadeja is no longer needed as a bowler all-rounder, so Ashwin can get a chance.
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Cheteshwar Pujara Fit, England team depends on the route
His fans must have breathed a sigh of relief when they saw the pictures of Cheteshwar Pujara fielding during the practice. On the other hand, captain Joe Root will be all responsible for England. He wants to cross the -00-run series by playing big innings. Root will be backed by co-captain Joss Butler, who could play in place of Bearstore. In bowling, Mark Wood and Chris Oakes will handle the new ball.
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India’s potential game 11: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane / Suryakumar Yadav, Hab Shab Pant, Shardul Tagore, Rabindra Jadeja / R Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Siraj.
England: Joe Root (captain), Rory Burns, Hasib Hamid, Maine Ali, Johnny Bairstow, Jos Butler, Dan Lawrence, Oli Robinson, Sam Curran, Mark Wood, James Anderson, Jack Leach, Oli Pope, David Malan.
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