India vs England : India could Make These Changes in Playing XI for the 4rt Test match Against England
After winning the third test at Trent Bridge quite comfortably, Team India’s confidence is sky-high. Now it is time to put in order a strategy for the next Test match at Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
In the 38 Tests, Kohli had led India as Captain, he had fielded 38 different playing XIs. All these changes could not be attributed to tactical necessity alone as some of them were due to injury.
Once again, such a problem has come in front of Kohli, Team India’s off spinner R. Ashwin has been a little bit injured now. His fitness test is still to be done if he pass the fitness test, he will not play, otherwise Ravindra Jadeja can get a chance.
While there is a healthy gap of more than a week between the third and fourth Test, the Team Management still wouldn’t want to aggravate Ashwin’s injury by playing him in the fourth Test. Besides, Ashwin will be more needed for the fifth Test at the Oval, as the wicket there traditionally favours the spinners.
Best Replacement options for Ashwin
Team India to replace Ashwin are his spin twin Ravindra Jadeja and the fast bowler Umesh Yadav. If Umesh is preferred over Jadeja, the Indian bowling will turn into one dimensional with 5 fast bowlers and no spinner to back up with. Virat Kohli may be compelled to under- bowl the last Test hero Hardik Pandya.
The presence of Umesh Yadav in the playing XI will also elongate the batting tail and the other hand, the presence of Jadeja will definitely lend variety to the Indian bowling attack and concurrently strengthen the batting too. If the team management decides to replace Ashwin with a middle-order batsman, then best options of Karun Nair and the newcomer Hanuma Vihari. But they won’t take that course.
The Team Management may well be contemplating changes to the playing XI. One is to replace Shikhar Dhawan with the new star of Indian Cricket, Prithvi Shaw.
Sikhar Dhawan is playing Test cricket by default at the moment. But he had played his part to perfection in the third Test by giving a solid start in both the innings. While fielding, Kohli had done him a great favour by not exposing him in the slips. This move had done both Dhawan and his team a world of good. Though a tempting option, the team management will resist making this change, at the present moment.
The team management could think about Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav both are a similar type of bowlers. Both are at times expensive and tend to spray a hefty number of balls on the leg side. Shami had taken just 8 wickets in the three matches that he played in this series. But Shami is more of a rhythm bowler and once he gets it right, he can run through any opposition. Shami is also a better bowler against left-handers. For this reason, Shami will retain his place in the team for the fourth Test, if not for anything, to maintain continuity.