Indian selectors are struggling to finalize the team compositions for the Southampton test against England. The team consisted of 18 members. The fourth test at Southampton will begin on 30th August. Virat Kohli has a rare record of not playing the same team for the next test match since 38 tests. He has a few choices to pick for the Southampton test to keep on the series of victories after a win by 203 runs in the Trent Bridge test.
Virat Kohli played the captain innings in the game and scored 97 and 103 runs from Trent Bridge test. Even after victories, Kohli never played the same team in the consecutive test matches. With the victory in the Nottingham Test, Kohli surpassed Saurav Ganguly’s record of victory in 22 tests. He is in a dilemma to pick the best XI since all the players are doing well. The injury of Ravichandran Ashwin is the only point of worry for the team.
Ravichandran Ashwin bowled only one over in the third test and in the second over he noticed discomfort to bowl. If India needs the second spinner, the selectors might vote for experience and pick Ravindra Jadeja. The poor performances of Murali Vijay cost him his place in the squad and the entry of uncapped players Hanuma Vihari and Prithwi Shaw will be doubtful for the fourth test. With their fine performances, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara strengthened their positions in the team.
In addition, with his five-wicket haul in the third test, Hardik Pandya made his mark on the team. Kohli’s captaincy is known for five bowlers and pacers will have a red carpet welcome into the team every time. Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Shami seem quicker than the English pacers this time. The team may comprise of two spinners and one all-rounder as well.
After the failure of the opening stand, the Indian selectors might be selective to choose the best from the 18-man squad.