The five-match Test series between India and England is currently levelled at 1-1 after India made a comeback in the 2nd test to beat England by 106 runs. The cricket fans of both countries were waiting eagerly for the Test series as they were excited to see how England’s ‘Bazball’ approach would fare in Indian conditions against the all-rounded Indian pace attack.
The fans were not disappointed as there were two hard-fought Tests between both the top teams where both of them managed to win one test each. Currently, both the teams are enjoying a 9-day break before the start of the 3rd test at Rajkot followed by the 4th and 5th tests at Ranchi and Dharamshala. While the English team is off to a short six-day break in Abu Dhabi, the Indian players have gone back to their respective homes only to join 2 days before the 3rd test.
The Indian team was marred by the unavailability of some of its key players due to injury and personal reasons. While India’s premier batter Virat Kohli opted out of the first 2 tests due to some undisclosed personal reasons, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja were ruled out of the 2nd test due to quadriceps injury and hamstring pull.
Jadeja and Rahul set to come back in the 3rd test
While the uncertainty still looms over the availability of Virat Kohli with some reports suggesting that he might be available for at least one more test, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja are likely to make a comeback for the 3rd test as they recovered from their injury. If both of them make it to India’s playing XI in the 3rd test, then it will be a big boost for the thin-looking Indian batting line-up which is looking inexperienced and out of form at this moment.
There are also some reports doing the rounds that the Indian management is contemplating resting Jasprit Bumrah from the 3rd test at Rajkot to manage his workload. Bumrah has been in sublime form in the series and has caused menace in England with his lethal Yorkers and pinpoint accuracy. Jasprit Bumrah is currently ranked No.1 in all three formats and become the first bowler in the history of cricket to achieve this feat.