In the first Test match between India and England, Virat Kohli does not have very strong and clear options in India’s potential batting order. But still, he may have to play gambling in some places in the batting order. The team can be selected as Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane. Recently. But some batting failures in the practice match against Essex can be a matter of concern for Virat Kohli. Murali Vijay has a great record in England. Even in the practice match against Essex, Murali Vijay had made a fifty, while the top order was completely unsuccessful with him. Apart from this, Murali Vijay had scored an impressive 146 in the first match of the last England tour of Team India, after which he had smashed two half-centuries. Murali Vijay is the strongest player in Team India’s opening pair.
Cheteshwar Pujara may not have been able to do anything especially in England since April but Virat Kohli will not be in a position to remove him. Looking at his career record, Virat would like to send him to number three instead of him. There is no substitute for Pujara near Virat. However, Pujara’s old record in England is also not very good. But Virat can even bet on Pujara. Pujara scored 1 run and 23 runs against Essex.
Dinesh Karthik’s last form, his glorious 82 against Essex, and his best form in recent times is also going in his favor. Dinesh Karthik had scored 277 runs in the 2011 England series ten years ago, including one half-century as the opening batsman. There is no such hope that Virat should give him leave.
Hardik Pandya is currently the only fast bowler all-rounder in Team India. Virat Kohli would like to strengthen the batting along with the fast bowler in the team by keeping him. Apart from this, Rishabh Pant, who was elected to the Test team for the first time, is also very difficult to pick in Team India because Dinesh Karthik will not be given a place in the team for that.