India is lagging back by 0-2 in the five-game test series against England. The team compositions were trolled by the experts and were held guilty of losing the previous two games at Edgbaston and Lord’s. However, men in blue gave a tough fight at the Edgbaston test but they were never in the game in the second test. No batsman except Virat Kohli did well in the two tests indeed.England was heading to avenge their 0-4 loss against India in a test series a few years ago. The Indians, who are currently topping the test ratings are struggling for survival. Here are the questions India need to answer before the third test to be started tomorrow at Trent Bridge.
The position of Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli played the captain innings by slamming 200 runs from the first test. He stood as the first Indian batsman after many years to top the ICC ratings in the test format. He is the ray of hope for the team by slamming 250 runs from two test matches. He batted at No.5 in the second test but suffering the pain in the neck. His performance became doubtful for the current game.
Return of Shikhar Dhawan
Indians lost hope for the top order due to poor performances of Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, and Cheteshwar Pujara in the previous games. Shikhar Dhawan is suffering poor form since the tour to England and Pujara made 1 and 23 in the warm-up match and KL Rahul also did not play well. Hence, rectifying the top order combinations is the need of the hour for the Indian team.
Will India Play Rishabh Pant?
Rishabh Pant is the uncapped player who did fabulous for India A against England Lions and West Indies A. He might replace Dinesh Karthik in the third test. Dinesh Karthik had a good experience in England earlier but could not do well in the Lords’ test. So, Rishabh Pant may get the opportunity to play the Trent Bridge test.
Playing three Pacers
India might play three pacers in the third test since Jasprit Bumrah recovered from the thumb injury. Earlier, playing Kuldeep Yadav ahead of Umesh Yadav frowned the experts and in addition, spinners from English side were also wicketless in the second test. Hence, Indians may get ready to attack the hosts with three pacers, namely, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav. Bumrah played the last test series against South Africa earlier this year. He picked 14 wickets from three tests.
How to face James Anderson and Stuart Board
James Anderson and Stuart Board troubled the Indians in the first two tests at the fullest. Anderson picked 5 wickets by conceding 20 runs in the Lord’s test. Players like Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Cheteshwar Pujara fell victims to their fiery attack including India’s fragile middle order. Anderson picked 9 wickets by conceding 43 runs from the previous two tests and topped the ICC test rankings for bowlers.