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KL Rahul Out; Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel To Debut; India's Likely Playing XI For 3rd Test Vs ENG

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As the anticipation builds for the third Test match between India and England in Rajkot, the latest updates from the Indian camp bring a mix of disappointment and excitement for fans. KL Rahul's absence, confirmed by the BCCI medical team, due to ongoing fitness concerns, sets the stage for a debut for Sarfaraz Khan.

Despite being named in the squad for the last three Test matches, Rahul's participation was contingent on fitness clearance, a requirement he unfortunately did not meet as of now. Devdutt Padikkal, his fellow state-mate, steps in as his replacement, showcasing promising form in domestic cricket.

The absence of key players like Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, alongside Rahul, has certainly reshaped India's lineup. However, the potential return of Ravindra Jadeja and Rahul could inject much-needed experience and depth into the team.

Injury woes haven't spared India, with Mohammed Shami's absence due to injury leading to Mohammed Siraj's return. The pace department, also considering workload management for Jasprit Bumrah, faces scrutiny and adjustment.

The spotlight now falls on the speculated absence of Virat Kohli, initially rumored to miss the first two Tests due to personal reasons. His confirmed absence places added responsibility on captain Rohit Sharma and the team.

As the selectors deliberate over the final playing XI, the probable lineup looks to feature numerous changes with KS Bharat making way for Dhruv Jurel. Let's take a look:

India’s Probable Playing XI For 3rd Test Vs ENG 

Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan,Ravichandran Ashwin, Dhruv Jurel(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohd. Siraj.