India’s England tour will be under heavy pressure over Indian batsman as BCCI announced squad list for the first three Tests, will have to bat spectacularly in tough English conditions. Apart from Virat, in this team, Indian top likes Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair have been included. Virat and Shikhar Dhawan also played well in ODIs but with them, the other batsmen also prove themselves in English conditions. Most of these batsmen will be under pressure While for Karun Nair it is quite tough because the selectors have betrayed many strong contenders and trusted over him.
At this time, Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw performed brilliantly for India in England. There were speculations that they were more likely to be selected in Team India. But now Karun Nair’s pressure will be more watched.
Team India’s strongest side is usually seen in spin bowling. In this sense, India’s side is not as strong, but on the pitches of England, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav will have to prove their presence. These three players will not be able to play together in the team. It is also expected that Virat would like to go into the field with two spinners. So Ashwin and Jadeja might get a place in final XI. The weakest side in this team is the fast bowling of the team, which will play an important role in England. Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah and Shardul Thakur have been included in the team. Bhuvi is out of the series due to the injury and Bumrah will not play the first Test there.
Shardul Thakur has been influenced by playing in England but he has to prove himself. Shami can turn the game but his personal problems are not good. Saha is currently the regular wicketkeeper of Team India but due to injury he is out, Dinesh Karthik is now added as India’s main wicketkeeper. As the second wicketkeeper, the selectors have preferred Rishabh pant in place of ParthiPatelel, who is already playing the role of the wicket-keeper batsman in the India A team.