Former India opening batsman Wasim Jaffer chose the eleven of the hosts on Sunday for the first Test against England, which will be played in Chennai from February 5. Jaffer chose Rohit Sharma and younger Shubman Gill as the opening pair. Cheteshwar Pujara, Skipper Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant are listed in the middle order while Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin are the two spinners included in the side. The former hitter included Axar as the English batters compete against the left arm spinner.
India’s pace attack is led by Jasprit Bumrah, while between Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj the best should be chosen depending on the field, Jaffer said. The same goes for spinner Kuldeep Sharma and Shardul Thakur.
India plays XI for 1st test (imo): 1 Rohit 2 Gill 3 Pujara 4 Kohli 5 Rahane 6 Pant 7 Axar * 8 Ashwin 9 Kuldeep / Thakur 10 Ishant / Siraj 11 Bumrah. Demand is about 2 places depending on combination + pitch. What’s your XI? * Scary have massive weakness versus spin in the left arm. #INDvENG, ”Jaffer tweeted.
India’s Playing XI for 1st Test (imo):
7 Axar *
9 Kuldeep / Thakur
10 Ishant / Siraj
Demand is about 2 places, depending on combination + pitch.
What is your XI?
* Scary have tremendous weakness versus left arm spin. #INDvENG
– Wasim Jaffer (@ WasimJaffer14) January 31, 2021
India’s selection for the first two tests against England: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul (depending on suitability), Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Ravi Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel.
On Friday, English assistant batting coach Graham Thorpe said that the hosts’ bowling isn’t just about spinners, they also have a strong-paced attack.
The one thing about the Indian bowling attack is that it’s not all about spin. I assume their seam attack is strong too and so from that point of view it’s not going to get completely sidetracked in the spin side of things as well. There’s no question about that, ”Thorpe had said in a virtual press conference.
“Indian bowling has become a very good attack and we are very aware of that. When you come to the subcontinent you will have to deal with spin. More so with the Indian attack we know. The training time (three days) will be used. to find a good balance by practicing both, “he added.
India and England play four Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is. The first two matches of the 4-game series will be played in Chennai, before the cricketers move to Ahmedabad for the third and fourth Test.
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