India vs England Test Series: The first test match is being played between India and England. In this match, England captain Ben Stokes has won the toss and decided to bat first. Three spinners have got a place in the Indian team. At the same time, two fast bowlers have got a chance. On the other hand, KS Bharat has got the responsibility of wicketkeeper. Whereas Kuldeep Yadav has been shown the way out. England had already announced their playing eleven for this match.
Three spinners got a chance
Captain Rohit Sharma has given a chance to Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Akshar Patel in the playing eleven of the first Test match against England. Whereas Kuldeep Yadav has been dropped from the playing eleven. Indian pitches are always helpful to spinners and spinners prove to be very dangerous on these pitches. Ashwin, Jadeja and Akshar Patel can bowl excellently as well as bat. Whereas Kuldeep Yadav’s batting side is weak.
Rohit said this
Rohit Sharma said at the time of toss that we too would have batted first. The pitch looks dry. Whether we bowl or bat first. We have the skills. Hopefully we can perform well. This is a good series. I am playing five test matches for the first time. It will be challenging but we are ready for it. We have played in these conditions before. We know what to expect and what we need to do.
The decision to keep Kuldeep Yadav out was difficult. We thought about it a lot. Axar has performed well whenever he has played and bats really well in these conditions. Last time when we played against Australia, he scored very well. That’s why we went with letters. Kuldeep has so far taken 34 wickets in 8 test matches for the Indian team.
Playing XI of both the teams:
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Srikar Bharat (wicketkeeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
England: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (C), Ben Foakes (W), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Mark Wood, Jack Leach.
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