India Playing 11 for IND vs ENG 3rd Test in Rajkot

Updated on: Feb 13, 2024 11:09 am IST

India's Playing 11 for IND vs ENG 3rd Test in Rajkot

As the third Test between India and England looms large, speculation intensifies regarding the composition of India’s playing XI for the crucial encounter in Rajkot. With the series finely poised at 1-1, both teams are expected to leave no stone unturned in their quest for victory.

India Playing 11 for IND vs ENG 3rd Test in Rajkot

  1. Rohit Sharma (c)
  2. Yashasvi Jaiswal
  3. Shubman Gill
  4. Rajat Patidar
  5. Sarfaraz Khan
  6. Ravindra Jadeja
  7. Axar Patel
  8. Dhruv Jurel (wk)
  9. Ravichandran Ashwin
  10. Kuldeep Yadav
  11. Jasprit Bumrah

Leading the charge at the top of the order is Rohit Sharma, who, despite a lack of substantial scores, has looked promising throughout the series. Alongside him, Shubman Gill’s century in the previous Test solidifies his position, while the impressive Yashasvi Jaiswal is expected to retain his spot after a string of commendable performances.

India’s middle-order dilemma persists with the absence of key players like Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. With Shreyas Iyer dropped from the squad. Rajat Patidar’s promising debut in the previous match should see him retain his place, while Sarfaraz Khan is likely to make a debut

Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel will follow at No. 6 and 7. The wicketkeeping department presents a conundrum for India, with KS Bharat’s performances coming under scrutiny. Reports suggest that Dhruv Jurel could be handed a debut opportunity ahead of Bharat for the Rajkot Test, adding an element of intrigue to the selection process.

Ravichandran Ashwin is certainity while Kuldeep Yadav is also likely to get a go. With Washington Sundar and Saurabh Kumar waiting in the wings, the duo is likely to shoulder the spin responsibilities in Rajkot.

Jasprit Bumrah’s stellar performances make him an indispensable asset for India’s pace battery. Despite discussions of potential rest, Bumrah’s extended break between matches should ensure his inclusion in the lineup. Mohammed Siraj could come in as the second seamer, but then India will have to sacrifice one of the spinners.

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