The first Test match of the 4-match series between India and England will be played from February 5 at the MA Chidambram Stadium in Chennai. With a number of players injured, India will not have many options, choosing in the playing eleven for the first Test.
Veteran Ishant Sharma will get a tough fight against youngster Mohammed Siraj for the second fast bowler’s position. India participated in the first of three practice sessions on Tuesday. Given the traditional wicket of Chepak, who is generally supportive of the spinners, India can take off with two fast bowlers and three spinners in the first Test.
After historic win in Brisbane, Indian cricket team reached Delhi
A BCCI source said on condition of anonymity, ‘This is like the traditional pitch of Chepak. It will not have a glimpse of wickets like England. In this humid weather you need grass on the wicket so that it does not break easily. This wicket will help the spinners as always.
Head coach Ravi Shastri will be eyeing
All eyes will be on the trio of Head Coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and captain Virat Kohli to choose who to play as the partner of fast bowling attack Jasprit Bumrah.
Ishant has recently returned to competitive cricket
Ishant has not played red ball cricket for almost a year, while Siraj was in excellent form on the tour of Australia where he took a total of 13 wickets in three Tests including five wickets in an innings at Brisbane. Ishant has recently returned to competitive cricket where he bowled a total of 14.1 overs in four Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy matches. It is expected that bowling coach Arun will decide on Ishant and Siraj in the next two days.
There will be a tough competition between beautiful and characters
The second decision may be a bit more difficult where one of the in-form Washington Sundar and left-arm spinner Akshar Patel was chosen to join senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav (Kuldeep Yadav). can go.
Washington hit a half-century and took four wickets while making his debut in Brisbane but his presence would have two identical spinners in the team but his experience would be vastly different. Akshar can also show his prowess in batting while he will also be an equal choice as Ravindra Jadeja.
Hardik Pandya’s Quarantine will end on Wednesday
Meanwhile, the all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s quarantine will end on Wednesday morning and he will join the team for training. Pandya, who became part of the Test team after a long time, joined the team a day late due to personal work. Pandya may not get a chance to play in the first match but his bowling burden is expected to increase given the final of the World Test Championship and the five-match Test series in England.