Kohli & Shreyas Out, Jadeja & KL Rahul In; Here's India's Probable Squad vs ENG for 3rd Test
Team India at Vizag (AP)
In a significant setback for India, middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer is set to miss the remaining Test matches against England due to back and groin pain as per reports. The absence of the prolific 29-year-old could prove to be a challenge for the Indian team as they seek to maintain their momentum in the series.
Iyer is expected to miss the remainder of the series but aims to recover in time for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, where he is set to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Another key player whose availability remains uncertain is Virat Kohli, who took a break from cricket citing personal reasons. Fans had hoped for Kohli's return in the 3rd Test, but there has been no confirmation from his end, leaving his participation in doubt.
The fitness of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, who missed the second Test due to injuries, adds to India's selection dilemma. While Jadeja hinted at positive progress in his recovery through social media, their readiness for the upcoming match is yet to be confirmed.
In Kohli's potential absence, the responsibility falls on Rahul and Jadeja to strengthen India's middle order, which has heavily relied on individual performances so far in the series. Despite promising contributions from players like Shubman Gill and Yashasvi Jaiswal, the team faces challenges, particularly with Iyer's absence amplifying concerns about the solidity of the batting lineup.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to finalize the squad for the remaining matches, leaving fans anxious about the team's composition.
It is also understood if Shreyas Iyer and Kohli miss out, the BCCI will stick around with Rajat Patidar and Sarfaraz Khan in the ongoing series. As the series stands at 1-1, India will need to carefully consider their squad selection to maintain their competitive edge against a resilient English side in the upcoming Test match.
IND vs ENG 3rd Test Squad
Rohit Sharma (C), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, KS Bharat (WK), Dhruv Jurel (WK), Ravi Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar.