After a disappointing loss in the first Test against England, India will be looking to bounce back in the second Test, which is set to take place in Visakhapatnam. With Virat Kohli absent due to personal reasons and injuries ruling out Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, the Indian team management will have to make some crucial selection decisions for the upcoming match.
Potential Changes in the Playing XI
Rajat Patidar for Shubman Gill
With Gill underperforming at number three in the first Test, there is a possibility that Rajat Patidar could make his Test debut as a replacement. Patidar, who was part of the squad for the first Test, has been waiting for his opportunity and has recently showcased his skills with consecutive centuries for India A against England Lions.
Kuldeep Yadav in place of Ravindra Jadeja
Another change that India could consider is the inclusion of Kuldeep Yadav in the playing XI as a replacement for the injured Jadeja. Kuldeep offers variety in his deliveries and has the ability to turn the ball effectively, which could provide the Indian team with potential breakthroughs.
Sarfaraz Khan, Saurabh Kumar, or Washington Sundar
While Sarfaraz Khan, Saurabh Kumar, and Washington Sundar have been added to the squad, it remains to be seen if any of them will feature in the playing XI. However, if the team management decides to go ahead with Washington Sundar as the fourth spinner, it would make Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, and Washington Sundar the four spinners in the team, with three of them being proper all-rounders.
Retaining the Pace Attack
With the absence of Jadeja, India is likely to retain their two-man pace attack of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. Bumrah has been in exceptional form and will be a key player for India in the second Test.
India's Updated Squad for the Second Test against England
The updated squad for the second Test includes Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (WK), Dhruv Jurel (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Avesh Khan, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Washington Sundar, and Sourabh Kumar.
Key Players to Watch Out For
As the captain of the Indian team for the second Test, Rohit Sharma will have a crucial role to play. Known for his attacking batting style, Sharma will be expected to lead from the front and provide a solid foundation for the Indian innings.
Ashwin, with his vast experience and exceptional spin bowling skills, will be a key player for India in the second Test. He will be looking to make an impact and take crucial wickets to put England under pressure.
Bumrah's ability to generate pace and movement makes him a potent threat for any batting lineup. His performances in recent matches have been outstanding, and India will rely on him to deliver once again in the second Test.
With some key players missing due to various reasons, India will have to make some changes in their playing XI for the second Test against England. The inclusion of Rajat Patidar and Kuldeep Yadav could provide the team with the necessary balance and depth. It will be interesting to see how the new-look Indian team performs in the second Test and whether they can level the series against a strong English side.