India’s concern over the batting line-up for the third Test against England deepened after senior batsman KL Rahul was ruled out on Monday as he failed to recover from the quadriceps pain he suffered during the Hyderabad game. With Rahul out and questions unanswered about Ravindra Jadeja’s fitness and subsequent availability for the match against Rajkot, the Indian team management will have a tough time determining their XI for the match in which they will try to take the lead against England for the first time. once in these five. -series of matches.
Will Ravindra Jadeja start?
The BCCI press release on Rahul’s exclusion from the third Test did not contain any update on Jadeja, whose participation has been subject to clearance from the board’s medical team, although he has been reported to have joined the team in Rajkot on Monday. .
If Jadeja is fit, he immediately enters the playing XI, meaning one between all-rounder Axar Patel and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav will be left out. Given his performance in the second Test in Visakhapatnam, Kuldeep, who was the most economical among the spinners and got three crucial fers in the first innings, is likely to retain his place in the XI.
If Jadeja is out, there will be no change in the spin department, with Kuldeep, Axar and Ravichandran Ashwin retaining their places.
Will Sarfaraz Khan make his debut?
When Shreyas Iyer was dropped from India’s squad for the last three Tests against England, following his poor form in the format, Rahul was expected to take up the role in the XI. But with the veteran batsman ruled out, Sarfaraz Khan is the likely candidate for the job, implying that the youngster is all set to win his first Test title in Rajkot, having waited a long time for this opportunity with consistent Ranji scores. Trophy of the last seasons.
Meanwhile, India also have Devdutt Padikkal, who has been named as Rahul’s replacement in the team. The left-hander has been in excellent form in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season, where he scored 193 against Punjab in the opening game, before scoring 103 against Goa. One of his most recent knocks, in which he scored 151, was scored by him in the presence of the chairman of selectors, Ajit Agarkar, in the stands. Apart from his Ranji exploits, he scored 105, 65 and 21 in his three innings for India A in the two unofficial Tests against the England Lions.
Will KS Bharat retain his position?
With Rishabh Pant gone, Ishan Kishan out on a break and virtually no other major competition for his place, Bharat had a great opportunity to cement his place as India’s top wicket-keeping option. However, in seven Tests so far in his career, he has scored only 221 runs at 20.09 without even a single half-century. And in the ongoing series, he has only managed 92 runs in two matches.
With batting a concern for India, Dhruv Jurel could receive his international debut on Thursday. The youngster has scored 790 runs in 15 first-class matches at 46.67 with one century and five fifties. More recently, he scored a half-century each against the England Lions in January and South Africa A in December in respective four-day matches.