new Delhi: There will be at least one change in India’s playing XI in the second Test to be held in Chennai as Jharkhand’s left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem is almost certain to be out after a disappointing performance in the first Test against England.
The choice of Nadeem (Shadab Nadeem) will be decided by Friday but it is expected that the match-fit all-rounder Axar Patel will replace him. India suffered a crushing defeat in the first Test ended on Tuesday.
Akshar Patel may get a chance
A senior source of the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) told PTI on Wednesday, ‘Akshar had a minor injury to his knee and has already started batting at the net. He is also expected to start bowling in the next few days.
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“He was always the first choice to play in the first Test but it would depend on captain Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun,” the source said. Kohli did not hide his disappointment about Nadeem’s performance after the match and said during the post-match award distribution ceremony that Nadeem and Washington could not sustain the pressure created by Jaspreet Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.
Nadeem set to be out!
Nadeem (Shadab Nadeem) took four wickets in the match but spent 233 runs in 59 overs in both innings. Not only this, despite being a spinner, he threw 9 no balls in the match.
Shadab Nadeem himself admitted that he had some timing problems while jumping at the crease while bowling and that he needed to improve on the net.
Washington Sundar gave 98 runs in 26 overs in the first innings while in the second innings he got only one over to throw. However, he performed brilliantly with the bat in the first innings, which is likely to give him a chance in the playing XI.
Fit is ashwin
The good news for Indian fans is that Ashwin is fine despite Joffra Archer getting hit during India’s second innings.
The best bowler for India in the first Test, Ravichandran Ashwin, did not need to be taken for a precautionary scan which is a relief news for Kohli who is expected to have a favorable pitch in the next Test starting on Saturday.
After a flat pitch during the first Test in Chennai, the challenge is to create a pitch in which the toss is not so important to V Ramesh Kumar, the new curator of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and Tapos Chatterjee, the head of the BCCI’s pitch and grounds committee.
There is grass on the pitch used in the second Test but it is believed that this will give a turn.
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It will be interesting to see if Ramesh and Chatterjee, who have given enough water on the pitch before the first test, and stop rolling water on the pitch in the next three days.
If a dry pitch is prepared in the sun, there is always a possibility that it will break quickly.