February 13 (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli won the draw and chose to play batting in the second test against a very changed England at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.
“It’s a good wicket, I think the first day will be pretty good for the stick and we expect it to slow down and deteriorate considerably by the second day,” Kohli said in the draw.
India, beaten by 227 points in Game 1 of the four-down series, made three substitutions, dropping Washington Sundar and Shahbaz Nadeem, while resting pace spearheaded Jasprit Bumrah.
All-rounder Axar Patel will make his test debut while left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav and fast Mohammed Siraj have been recalled.
England captain Joe Root said he too would have preferred to fight first.
“But it’s an opportunity for us to get into the game early, taking a few wickets early, trying to get ahead,” he said.
The tourists made four changes for the game.
As stumper Jos Buttler comes home on squad policy to keep multi-format players cool, Ben Foakes takes the wicket-keeper’s gloves.
England also rested designer James Anderson and deposed Dom Bess, while Jofra Archer is missing the game with an elbow injury.
Seamer Stuart Broad, versatile spin Moeen Ali and fast Olly Stone have been recruited to replace them.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wicket keeper), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj
England: Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Dan Lawrence, Joe Root (captain), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (wicket keeper), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Olly Stone, Jack Leach.