The regular captain of Team India will no longer play the remaining three matches of the series. He has left for Paternity Leave. In his place Ajinkya Rahane will now take over the command of Team India.
Star paceer Mohammad Shami will not be able to play the next three matches of the series after a wrist fracture. During the first Test match of the series played in Adelaide, Pat Cummins was hit in his elbow, after which he would not be able to play in the series. He too has left home. He can be replaced by Mohammed Siraj. Shami’s playing in the first Test match against England is also doubtful.
It is also believed that Team India can field Ravindra Jadeja in the second Test match. This will give him strength because Jadeja can bowl, but can also do wonders with the bat. Jadeja has scored a century and 14 half-centuries in his Test career so far. He has also taken 213 wickets. He suffered a head injury in the first T20 of the series. It is learned that this all-rounder is recovering well, but it is not yet certain whether he will be able to play in the boxing test. If Jadeja is fit, Andhra Pradesh batsman Hanuma Vihari may have to be ruled out of the playing XI.
Young batsman Shubman Gill may also get a chance in the playing-XI. Giants like former Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer have talked of including Gill in Team India. In Gill, the last season of the IPL showed amazing with the bat.
Star wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant can also be given a chance in the playing-XI. Though Wriddhiman Saha will get his place or he will be given the chance as an extra batsman, it remains to be seen. Pant had scored a century off 73 balls in the practice match. At the same time, Saha could not do anything special in the first Test match.
Team India’s young opener Prithvi Sau looks suspicious in the second Test match. He is battling with the bat. In the first Test match, he was able to score only 4 runs. Lokesh Rahul can be included in his playing XI.