India vs England Test Series:India Could Make Some Changes in 2nd Test Match
India’s batting failed miserably in both the innings in the first Test, So they might opt for few changes for the Lords test. However, the bowlers did the job by scalping 20 wickets. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri will be under a lot of pressure regarding team selection for the second encounter.
Indian should be focus on all these three changes for 2nd test match.
1- Karun Nair in place or Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane has scored 118 runs in the last 7 test matches he played with the highest score of 48.So could be well replaced by young Karun Nair who has a triple century to his name, however, Nair too has just scored 54 runs in last three test matches.
2- Rishabh Pant in place of Dinesh Karthik
The wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik, who play his test return after 10 years against Afghanistan in June this year. The few drop chances and batting failures in the first match, he might be replaced by Rishabh Pant who keeps wickets as well. Pant has been in tremendous form this year as we see in IPL or with India A.
3- Ravindra Jadeja in for Hardik Pandya
Ravindra Jadeja was an irreplaceable option in any format for team India but the recent insertions in the team with the likes of the Chahal-Kuldeep duo and the Pandya explosion have made it hard for him to find a place in the team.
However, the stats speak something different as he has 33 wickets to his name from the last 7 test matches along with 208 runs with the bat.
On the other hand, Hardik Pandya hasn’t taken a single wicket in the previous 4 international Test matches he played.
Jadeja can be handy in Lords as there may be a bit of movement for spinners later in the match. However, it would reduce a seam bowling option, which English pitches mostly favor.