Chennai: It will be a big puzzle to select the eleven players of the Indian team before the Chennai test match against England. Fast bowler Ishant Sharma returned to the test squad against England after being excluded from the Indian squad due to an injury during the tour of Australia.
The challenge that awaits the management of the Indian team will be to choose one of the two Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj. Mohammad Siraj had done well on the Australian tour so it will be a tough decision to keep him out of the squad.
Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj face off
India won’t have many options choosing the game XI, but veteran Ishant Sharma will have a tough fight against young Mohammad Siraj to replace the quick second pitcher. Considering Chennai’s wicket assisting the spinners, three spinners can be landed with two quick bowlers in the first test match to be held in Chepauk.
It will be an interesting decision as to who is chosen as partner of Jasprit Bumrah who commanded the rhythm bowling attack. Ishant hasn’t played red ball cricket for almost a year, while Siraj was in great shape on the tour of Australia, where he won a total of 13 wickets in three tests, including five wickets in one. round in Brisbane.
Ishant recently made a comeback to competitive cricket, where he played a total of 14.1 overs in four Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy games. Bowling coach Arun is expected to pick Ishant and Siraj within the next two days.
Washington Sundar and Akshar Patel face off
The second decision can be a bit more difficult when one of the fit Washington Sundar and left arm spinner Akshar Patel can be selected to join senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
On his Brisbane debut, Washington hit half a century and took four wickets, but his presence will have two identical spinners on the team but his experience will vary widely.
The selection of Hardik Pandya difficult
Akshar can also show off his batting prowess as he will also be a replacement for Ravindra Jadeja. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya’s quarantine is over today, that is to say Wednesday, and he will join the team for training.
Hardik Pandya may not be lucky enough to play in Game 1, but his bowling burden is likely to increase given the World Test Championship final and the five-game test series in England.