6 contenders to join Team India’s playing eleven, only 3 will get the chance

By Nishu Bhardwaj February 13, 2024 3:26 PM IST

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6 contenders to join Team India’s playing eleven, only 3 will get the chance

India vs England 3rd Test Playing XI : What will be the playing eleven of the Indian team in the next test? This question must be flashing in the minds of not only captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid, but the fans also want to know who will be the 11 players who will play the next match. Although some teams reveal their playing eleven a day before the test, but this has not been done by the Indian team till now. Therefore, it should be assumed that the final decision on this will be taken only when Rohit Sharma comes out for the toss on Thursday morning. Meanwhile, there are a total of 6 players who are staking their claim for the next match, but it is likely that only 3 will get a chance.

Sarfaraz will get a chance or Devdutt will debut

Let us first talk about the player who will replace Shreyas Iyer. Shreyas Iyer had played the first two matches, but now he is out of the remaining matches. Sarfaraz Khan had already got a place in the team, after this now Devdutt Padikkal has also been included in the team. Actually, Rajat Patidar had made his debut in the last match itself. But now due to the absence of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul, one of these two may get a chance to debut. What can we say about Sarfaraz Khan, because he has already scored a lot of runs in domestic cricket. Devdutt has also batted amazingly in recent times. However, if seen, Sarfaraz has been roaming with the team for a long time and knows the situation very well, hence the chances of him getting a chance seem high. In such a situation, it is possible that Devdutt Padikkal will have to wait for a few days for his Test debut.

KS Bharat may be on leave, Dhruv Jurail is waiting for debut

Now let’s talk about KS Bharat and Dhruv Jurail. Bharat was given chances in the absence of Rishabh Pant. This was a good time, when Bharat would have performed better and secured a place in his team. But till now he has not been able to score even a half-century, let alone a century. In such a situation, now it is possible that the captain and coach may think about giving a chance to Dhruv Jurail. But it is certain that only one of Dhruv and Bharat will get a chance. It is believed that this decision will be taken at the last moment.

Chances are possible for either Kuldeep and Akshar

After this, only one of Kuldeep Yadav and Akshar Patel will be given a chance. Provided that the captain does not decide to field four spinners simultaneously. Ravichandran Ashwin will definitely play. If Ravindra Jadeja is fully fit then he will also play, this will also be his home ground. Apart from this, one of Kuldeep and Akshar will have to be selected as the third spinner. If Jadeja is not fit then both Akshar and Kuldeep may get a chance. However, its possibility seems less. Meanwhile, it remains to be seen which playing eleven the captain announces at the time of toss on 15th February at 9 am.

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