In the upcoming Rajkot Test, the Indian cricket team encounters a series of challenges, ranging from key player injuries to the impending absence of Virat Kohli due to his expected second-time fatherhood, as disclosed by close friend AB de Villiers. After a setback in the first Test at Hyderabad, young talent Yashasvi Jaiswal’s impressive double century in Vizag offered a temporary respite.
However, the team now grapples with the unfortunate sidelining of Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami due to injuries, posing a significant setback for India in the remainder of the series. Jadeja and Shami’s absence is expected to leave a void that could impact the team’s performance.
Former captain Virat Kohli, who is poised to become a father again, may also miss action in Rajkot, adding to India’s concerns. On a positive note, KL Rahul, absent from the Vizag Test, is anticipated to return, potentially fortifying the middle-order. The possibility of Sarfaraz Khan making his Test debut at Rajkot adds intrigue to the upcoming squad announcement.
The final squad for the Rajkot Test is set to be revealed after the conclusion of the Vizag Test, with speculations suggesting the delay is linked to Kohli’s availability. The squad, featuring players like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma (c), and Jasprit Bumrah, will aim to overcome the challenges posed by England.
As the Vizag Test unfolds with both teams being tested at various points, the series hangs in the balance. With England needing 332 more to win and the hosts requiring nine more wickets to level the series, the possibilities for the outcome remain open.
Day 4 promises an absorbing display of Test cricket, and cricket enthusiasts are encouraged to stay tuned for the latest updates. The Rajkot Test, scheduled to commence on February 15, adds further anticipation to this gripping series.