Chennai: India and England (IND vs ENG) will start the Test series at Chepauk ground in Chennai from 5 February. The question of Indian cricket fans was coming again and again, who will get a chance from either Rishabh Pant or Wriddhiman Saha in Playing XI. Now this thing has been revealed.
Team India captain Virat Kohli said that wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who has made headlines with his brilliant game in Australia, will get more opportunities in the test format. The captain also hinted that Akshar Patel (Axar Patel) might get a chance to make a Test debut against England.
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Discussing different aspects of team combination, Kohli said, ‘Yes, Rishabh will play tomorrow and will play the role of wicketkeeper. Recently he has performed effectively and he is in a good position and we want him to take it forward and improve all aspects of his game.
Kohli further said, ‘It will be with confidence while playing in this match and by playing these matches, we see Rishabh in this way. When he came to Australia after the IPL, he was not part of the limited overs team. He continued to work hard on his fitness and sports and realized that he was finally getting results. We were all very happy.
The Indian captain has also made it clear that the bowlers who bat well will be at the top of their plan during the 4-Test series. At the same time, the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill (Wriddhiman Saha) is expected to remain intact during the Test series against England starting here on Friday.
Virat Kohli said, ‘We are excited to give them a chance in all four Tests and they give us a good start. The main reason for winning the Test match was the way he batted in Australia. We are curious about such things in this series.
Regarding Akshar, he said, ‘We need a player whose skill is like Jadeja, Akshar brings the same thing in all the three departments of the game. Jaddu (Jadeja) is not available, so Akshar will get preference because he brings the same kind of skill on the field.