After the first practice match at Rajkot, Anil kumble said that since England has a quality team for the Test so he will have to give a tough decision for the inclusion and exclusion within the team.
“We all want the team to do well and the player who has replaced also to do well. But it’s important that we keep all of them in the loop,” says Anil Kumble
And regarding the inclusion of Hardik Pandaya is a very big ask for the team and ofcourse for the coach itself.
He is an extremely talented player. When he first came into IPL, he showed what he’s capable of; I think the potential Hardik has, has been seen by all. When he bowled in Dharamsala and batted in Delhi, one could see that he’s a quality player. That’s why we are backing him in this series as well. We all understand the importance of an all-rounder, as a fifth bowler and bat in the lower order, that’s a great option to have. We are keen how Hardik develops. We don’t want to put too much pressure on him, he will have all the freedom to express himself and not worry about Test cricket, whenever he gets the opportunity. He is a quality player whom we will back and yes, he will only get better. The more he plays, better he will get and it’s a nice thing to have an all-rounder in the squad.
Virat kohli will be captaining the side and it will be completely upon his shoulders to rotate the bowlers and put the chronological order to the team, and if the team doesn’t fair well on the given combination. Than it will be a tough question to answer for.