India’s loss against the New Zealand side in the World Test Championship final has raised many eyebrows. Team Management’s crucial decision and players failing to take up the responsibility can create a stricter scenario for team India. Virat Kohli and his army somehow felt short in performances in almost all the departments in the most crucial match.
None of the players came forward and played the match-winning role, turning the game in India’s favor. With this, the reports depict that we might witness some of the crucial changes in the Indian side. Team India will play the 5-match Test series against England during August 2021.
Experienced players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane might find their place in trouble. Failure in the final can lead to their replacement. The management is eyeing to bring KL Rahul or Hanuma Vihari in the middle order. This will lead to Virat Kohli playing at number 3 in the test format.
Team India might be planning to bring Avesh Khan in the long format
However, in the bowling department, too, we might witness some new faces in the Whites. According to the Times of India, the likes of Mohammed Siraj might play against England. Apart from this, the 24-year old pacer Avesh Khan might also be drafted into the squad sooner or later.
The all-rounders’ department also failed to make the mark in the final. As a result, the entry of Shardul Thakur into the squad is also possible. He can make his presence felt in both the departments, i.e., batting and bowling. A fast-bowling all-rounder is a necessity, especially in English conditions.
The squad for the England tour will remain the same only. It would be interesting to see how India can bounce back in the Test format with some new tactics.