The India vs England series is turning out to be an exciting one, much to the delight of the fans of Test cricket. Currently, the series is tied at 1-1. England won the first Test by 28 runs, but India came back strongly by winning the second Test by 106 runs. The third Test can decide which way the series will go and both the teams will be eager to showcase their best gameplay.
The BCCI has announced a 17-member squad for the remaining three Test matches against England. The third Test between India and England will be played at Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot. The fourth and fifth matches are scheduled to be played in Ranchi and Dharamshala. Shreyas Iyer will miss the last three matches of the series.
Virat Kohli has been not included in the final three matches against England due to personal reasons. Virat Kohli was also not available for the first two matches. Team India might make a few changes in their playing 11 for the third test match in Rajkot. In this article, we will take a look at the predicted playing 11 of the Indian team for 3rd Test against England in Rajkot.
Here’s the Predicted Playing XI of the Indian Team for the Third Test:
- Yashasvi Jaiswal
- Rohit Sharma (c)
- Shubman Gill
- Sarfaraz Khan
- Rajat Patidar / KL Rahul
- Axar Patel / Ravindra Jadeja
- Dhruv Jurel (wk)
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Kuldeep Yadav / Washington Sundar
- Jasprit Bumrah (vc)
- Mohammed Siraj
Shubman Gill smashed a much-needed hundred in the 2nd innings of Vizag Test. KL Rahul is likely to be fit for the Rajkot Test. In case Rahul isn’t fit, debutant Rajat Patidar will likely to get another chance to prove him at this level. Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the series and it is much likely possible that Sarfaraz Khan will make his debut.
Ravindra Jadeja will go through some fitness tests and if he plays, he is likely to replace Axar Patel at No. 6. Kuldeep’s performance in the last Test and his different skills might be enough for him to play, but, if the pitch allows to play an extra batter, then Washington Sundar might replace him, only if Axar is not in the playing 11.
Wicketkeeper-batter KS Bharat will be under immense pressure and it is possible that Dhruv Jurel will replace him. Mohammed Siraj is likely to make his comeback in the Indian playing XI replacing Mukesh Kumar. Mohammed Siraj will be playing alongside Jasprit Bumrah in the third test at Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot.
India’s Squad for the Last Three Tests vs England
Rohit Sharma (c), Jasprit Bumrah (vc), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep