New Delhi: Team India captain Virat Kohli is in the mood for action after a humiliating defeat by an innings and 76 runs in the third Test against England. Big players can be blamed in Team India, which includes the names of Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja. All these three players do not fit in the playing XI of Team India. Let’s take a look at the 3 players who can replace Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja in the fourth Test against England at The Oval.
Hanuma Vihari replaces Ajinkya Rahane
If we look at the records of Hanuma Vihari, he is considered a strong contender in place of Ajinkya Rahane at number 5. Team India’s reliable batsman Hanuma Vihari is often in and out of the team’s playing XI. Team India can give Hanuma Vihari a chance at number 5 in place of Ajinkya Rahane. 27-year-old Hanuma Vihari has scored 624 runs in 12 Test matches at an average of 32.84. Test specialist Ajinkya Rahane’s run is not taking the name of the end of the drought. Let us tell you that Ajinkya Rahane’s performance in the current Test series against England has been very poor. Rahane scored a total of 28 runs in both the innings in the third Test as well. Many veterans are discussing to sit him out for the constant flopping Rahane. Rahane had scored his last century for India in the Melbourne Test on Australia tour last year and since then he has been struggling to score runs consistently. Although he played an innings of 61 runs in the Lord’s Test match in this series against England, but in the very next Test he again proved to be laggy. Former England captain Michael Vaughan has called Ajinkya Rahane a burden on Team India.
Shardul Thakur in place of Ishant Sharma
In the third test match played against England in Leeds, Team India suffered an embarrassing defeat by an innings and 76 runs. In this match, Ishant Sharma proved to be the biggest villain for Team India. Ishant Sharma looted runs in the third test match and did not get a single wicket. For the fourth Test, Virat Kohli can give a chance to Shardul Thakur by sitting out Ishant Sharma. Ishant Sharma’s bowling was blown up by the England batsmen. It seemed as if Ishant’s balls were not having any effect on the England batsmen in the third test match. Along with being a great fast bowler, Shardul can also bat well in the lower order. Shardul was dropped from the team in the second Test because he was injured. Shardul Thakur is known for his excellent performance with both the ball and the bat.
R Ashwin in place of Ravindra Jadeja
In the first three Test matches against England, Team India missed its biggest match winner Ravichandran Ashwin. Virat Kohli replaced Ravichandran Ashwin with Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI in three Test matches, but Jadeja’s performance with both ball and bat was very poor. The purpose of including Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI proved to be a flop. England’s batsmen are not facing any problem with Jadeja’s straight balls, on the contrary, runs are being scored on Jadeja’s balls. On the one hand, while England’s off-spinner Moeen Ali was creating problems in front of India by taking wickets, on the other hand, great spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin was not included in the playing XI by Team India. The inclusion of Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI has proved to be a loss deal for Team India. If Ravichandran Ashwin had been in Team India, the England batsmen would not have survived. In the fourth test match, Virat Kohli can give Ashwin a chance in place of Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI.