The second Test between India and England will start on February 2nd. It will be an important game for India because they are trailing and there are some key names missing from the squad. On that note, here, we take a look at the predicted India’s strongest playing 11 for the Visakhapatnam Test against England.
Openers: Rohit Sharma (C) and Yashasvi Jaiswal
Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal will open the batting in predicted India’s strongest playing 11 for the Visakhapatnam Test against England. Yashasvi Jaiswal had a good show in the first Test. While he would look to continue that, Rohit will want to score some big runs in the game.
Middle-Order: Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Shreyas Iyer and KS Bharat (WK)
Shubman Gill is likely to get one more chance as the management might avoid making too many changes in the playing XI. At No.4, we could have Rajat Patidar make his debut. It will be interesting to see if Sarfaraz Khan could get his chance here.
Shreyas Iyer and KS Bharat will continue to feature in this XI. Both these players have tremendous potential and will be backed by the management.
All-Rounders: Axar Patel, Washington Sundar and R Ashwin
Axar Patel will be the lead all-rounder in the predicted India’s strongest playing 11 for the Visakhapatnam Test against England. India’s main concern will be to see who will replace Ravindra Jadeja. Since India struggled with the bat in the second innings, someone like Sundar could get a go for the second game.
Ashwin has been doing well for India in home Tests. He will have more responsibility, especially after the absence of Ravindra Jadeja.
Bowlers: Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Siraj could get dropped because he did not have a big impact in the first game. Also, India might prefer an extra spinner.
Kuldeep Yadav is certainly the best choice to replace Siraj. He gives variety and he is also experienced to feature in a high-profile Test match.