After clinching a close victory in 1st test, India
With the 2nd test about to start, India’s spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma have been ruled out due to injuries. Losing Ashwin will be a massive blow for India and Virat Kohli has a real selection dilemma in his hands.
Prithvi Shaw still hasn’t recovered from the injury he picked up during the practice match.
Will Virat Kohli
KL Rahul & M Vijay – Openers
Since Prithvi Shaw is ruled out for the 2nd test, India will stick with the opening pair that played in Adelaide. There are serious concerns over KL Rahul’s poor test form.
2018 has really been a poor year for KL Rahul. In the 11 tests he played this year, he scored 466 runs at an average of 24.52. He scored just 1 test century this year. Virat Kohli has shown his faith in KL Rahul by not dropping him.
As far as Murali Vijay is concerned, luck has worked in his
Murali Vijay’s batting average in tests in 2018 has been even lower than KL Rahul’s. He scored 262 runs averaging 20.15. Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar was critical of KL Rahul after his poor show continued in
Che Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, H Vihari, R Pant – Middle order & Wicketkeeper
Cheteshwar Pujara’s Adelaide show was reminiscent of what Rahul Dravid did against the Aussies 15 years ago in 2003-04 series. Rahane’s knock of 70 in 2nd innings proved very crucial to India’s only third overseas victory in 2018.
With Rohit Sharma out injured, Hanuma Vihari would be an ideal choice as Sharma’s replacement. R Pant had an eventful match as he equalled the world record of most catches in a test.
R Jadeja, J Bumrah, I Sharma, M Shami – Bowlers
Ashwin’s loss will be massive and Virat Kohli might go with Ravindra Jadeja by the looks of it. India’s bowling department in the 1st test was top notch.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s chances of making in India’s team in