India vs England Test Series: Team India is ready to face England in the 5 test match series. All the players are currently in Hyderabad and are busy in their preparations. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli will not be able to play the first two tests. He himself withdrew his name after being selected in the series. After this, it is difficult to say whether he will return in the remaining three tests or not. It is said that in his place, Rajat Patidar has been included in the team as a replacement. Due to this, the return of two veterans of the Indian team will become even more difficult. One player has played more than 100 tests.
Rajat Patidar included in Team India’s Test squad in place of Virat Kohli
Rajat Patidar has been included in the Indian team in place of former captain Virat Kohli. However, its announcement is awaited from BCCI. It is difficult to say right now whether Rajat Patidar will get a chance in the playing eleven or not, but it is a big thing for him that he has got a place in the Test squad for the first time. Meanwhile, it was expected that one of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane could be given a place in the team, but it did not happen.
It was difficult for Pujara and Rahane to make a comeback
Cheteshwar Pujara has played more than 100 Test matches for India so far, but he played his last Test match against Australia in June 2023, since then he is out of action. If we talk about Ajinkya Rahane, he has played 85 Tests and he too has not got a chance since July 2023. Meanwhile, these players are playing domestic cricket, but now it seems that BCCI is thinking about their future. Therefore it has been decided to include Rajat Patidar in the team.
Records of Pujara and Rahane in test cricket
Cheteshwar Pujara, who is called the wall of Team India, has scored 7195 runs in 103 tests. He has 19 centuries and 35 half-centuries to his name. If we talk about Ajinkya Rahane, he has scored 5077 runs in 85 tests. Rahane has scored 12 centuries and 26 half-centuries in Test cricket. It remains to be seen whether BCCI considers the names of these two in the upcoming series or Rahane and Pujara will have to wait longer.
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