New Delhi: Opener Mayank Agarwal’s struggle to regain his place in the Indian Test XI will begin on Tuesday with a three-day match against County Select XI where his best friend KL Rahul is a regular. In the absence of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, the chase will take the lead.
All eyes on Mayank
This match has the status of a first-class match, which is the first time in many years with the Indian team. Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believed that not all players get a chance to practice due to the ‘official match’. The team management, however, wanted to play first-class matches to regain momentum before the start of the Test series next month. However, the eyes of the team management will be on Mayank Agarwal as he is likely to form an opening pair with Rohit Sharma in the first Test after the injured Shubman Gill is ruled out of the series.
not good form
Mayank Agarwal has not been in good shape since the tour of Australia. He was out of the last 11 after Rohit’s arrival in Australia. Rahul has also scored most of his 2000 runs in Test career while opening the innings. It is understood that if one of the experienced batsmen (Ajinkya Rahane) fails to find the rhythm, then Rahul can be used as a middle-order batsman.
There will be a three-day practice match
This team of County XI consists mostly of young players, in which only James Brose is part of the current England international team. However, India can try both Rahul and Mayank Agarwal in the second innings opening batting. However, since the match is of three days, the chances of the second innings are not high. In the bowling department, Mohammad Siraj would like to test himself and Jasprit Bumrah would like to pick up some wickets to get the momentum.