India's selectors will convene today to finalise the squad for the crucial three remaining Tests against England. The series hangs in the balance at 1-1, with England claiming an early lead in Hyderabad before India roared back with a captivating win in Visakhapatnam. All eyes will be on the selection decisions, particularly regarding the availability of a few players who have been injured or unavailable. The chosen players will have the monumental task of securing a series victory and extending India's sensational dominance in home Tests.
India's squad for the remaining matches could be bolstered by the potential return of key players Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, who missed the last Test due to injuries. Jadeja's hamstring and Rahul's quadriceps niggles are closely monitored, with their fitness reports influencing the final selection.
All eyes remain glued to Virat Kohli, whose availability casts a shadow over the announcement. While numerous reports suggest his continued absence, official confirmation is pending. Another player under scrutiny is Shreyas Iyer, whose recent form has raised questions about his place in the team. Will the selectors back him for another chance, or will he face the axe? In case the axe falls on him, the likes of Rajat Patidar and Sarfaraz Khan will be given a longer run in the side. Patidar made his debut in the Vizag Test while Khan is still uncapped.
KL Rahul spotted at Mumbai Airport
As anticipation builds for the Test squad announcement, KL Rahul's recent sighting at Mumbai Airport has fueled speculation about his potential return. A video capturing him interacting with fans has gone viral, igniting hope among Indian supporters for his inclusion.
Rahul's impressive innings in the Hyderabad Test, despite the loss, serves as a reminder of his valuable contribution to the middle order. With the series poised for an intense battle, his return, especially considering the recent struggles of the middle order, could prove crucial for India's success.