After the heartbreaking loss in the First Test Match due to one poor session Indian Team’s batting order collapsed with the brilliant spell of Hazelwood and Cummins . In the next match ,both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will not be available in the squad added that experienced bowler Shami ruled out of the Test series. It’s mentally a huge headache for the Indian Team dressing room after this first match loss also there are three places which are empty including either the opening spot/Wicket keeper . So to get the good balance Team must have to change the following .
KL Rahul For Virat Kohli
KL Rahul made his test debut in Australia and had a decent batting record against Australia also his technique improved ,So KL Rahul will be the right replacement and he might get a chance either opening spot or batting at NO:5 position. KL Rahul scored 2,006 runs in his 36 Test matches with a batting average of 34.58.
Rishab Pant for Saha:
Indian Team choose Saha as an wk/Bat option instead of Pant who had some great batting skill especially in 2018 series and he is the second leading run scorer for that series with 350 Runs , though his wicket keeping technique was bit less on comparing with saha , it would be a great asset in batting middle order , as Indian Team did not have a single left hand batsmen in their previous playing XI, surely pant will comeback in this boxing day test match.
Shubman Gill For Prithvi Shaw
It’s too early to judge the player ,also shaw is one of the talented youngster who proved his ability in the Home Test matches and Under 19 for India and now he has some struggle in moving balls Team should back him and allow him to play domestic matches to improve his technique instead of making him to sit in bench and it will be the right time for another exciting youngster to make his debut in boxing Day Test match , Shubmann Gill . He must be given a chance to open and should fight with Mayank agarwal for the opening spot . If Rohit sharma comes back to the Team , he will be an ideal opener so either one of them have to step down from their spot.So it’s a tough challenge for Shubman gill to execute his batting strength.
Navdeep Saini / Mohammed Shami:
It’s been an open place for the pacer since Shami left the series . So either Navdeep saini or Siraj will get their test debut in place of Shami in the squad . Between these two pacers, Saini who had the capability to bowl like Ishant Sharma and his length to the batsmen (beamers) with the 140+ kmph will get him into the playing XI for next match.
Ravindra Jadeja for Hanuma Vihari:
Ravindra Jadeja got injured in a T20 match due to concussion and if he is ready to play the second match , he must be given a chance in the team which will give better balance in the fielding and batting also in the lower middle order and bowling he can be effective with his experience .Added that Ravindra Jadeja was one of the Top fielder in world cricket in the absence of Virat Kohli in the field he will be the right option to control the runs and catches in the innings. Also ,he is one of the Top-3 ranked all rounder in the world Test Cricket after Ben stokes and Jason Holder .