The Indian cricket team has suffered a crushing defeat by 8 wickets at the hands of New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship. Team India has been playing excellent cricket in the last five years. But now many questions are being raised on the batting of the team. In the Test series against England in August-September, there have been indications of a change in the Indian batting order. It is being claimed that Virat Kohli can try himself at number three against England.
The team management is very seriously considering the changes ahead of the five-match Test series. Cheteshwar Pujara is currently the most on target and the sword of being dropped from the team is hanging on him. Virat Kohli can be seen playing at number three in case Pujara is out.
Ajinkya Rahane is the vice-captain of the team for the Test series against England. But now his number is also not sure in the team. In fact, due to Rahane’s not performing consistently, the chances of other batsmen getting a chance have increased a lot.
KL Rahul may get a chance
KL Rahul and Hanuma Vihari are the two players who can replace Pujara and Rahane in the team. So far Rahul has played Test cricket only as an opener. In the limited overs, however, Rahul is proving to be a game changer for India in the middle order. Now India has made up its mind to bet on Rahul in the middle order even in Tests.
Hanuma Vihari’s style of playing is almost the same as Pujara’s. Vihari has the ability to stay on the pitch for a long time. However, Vihari can bat a little faster when needed. So Vihari can fit into Virat Kohli’s plan.
Talking about Pujara, the last three years have been very disappointing for him. Pujara has not been able to score a century in the last 18 Tests and his batting average has been around 27 during this period. Not only this, there has also been a huge drop in Pujara’s strike rate. Pujara’s strike rate has also remained the same 30.20 in the last 30 innings.
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