India’s frailties has once again been exposed on the English soil as they have slumped to back-to-back defeats in the five-match Test series against England.
Cricket news: These changes might bring back India in the five-match Test series against England
After hard-fought defeat at Edgbaston by 31 runs, India’s performance have gone from bad to worse as they lost the Lord’s Test by an innings and 159 runs.
Although the toss did not go in India’s favour, yet there were many questions raised regarding team selections and strategies.
The Indian batsmen have continued their poor show of form in front of the top-class English bowling attack and they must look at other batting options in order to improve.
The team management should also understand the importance of a sixth batsman in these tough conditions and the availability of Jasprit Bumrah in the next match will also prove a deciding factor.
We look at the 4 possible changes India should make before the third Test commences at Trent Bridge in Nottingham from August 18.
4. Bring back Shikhar Dhawan in place of Murali Vijay
It was expected from the Test specialist batsman Murali Vijay to play a huge role in the series as he was the highest Indian scorer in the previous outing at England. But he has failed miserably until now.
Vijay has struggled against the moving ball and has scored just 26 in four innings including a pair at the Lord’s Test.
His recent poor form, which includes an overall average of below 40 in overseas conditions, is quite unacceptable in case of an opener.
This is why Vijay should be replaced with his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan. Although Dhawan has himself struggled lately, yet nevertheless he proves to be an attacking option.
In the Edgbaston Test he looked in decent form but got himself out while playing loose shots. Moreover he can provide the left hand-right hand opening combination along with KL Rahul.
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