Team India have won the toss in the second Test of the four-match series and have decided to bat first. The visitors had won the first Test comprehensively by a margin of 227 runs which was played at the same venue. This Test match is going to be historic as fans are finally returning to the stadium from this Test match.
As far as the teams are concerned, the English team had revealed their first 12 players yesterday itself. The most prominent names missing were Dominic Bess, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler. While Bess and Anderson have been rested for this Test match, Archer is reportedly recovering from a minor elbow injury. Buttler has flown back home and he’ll join the team for limited-overs series.
India vs England 2021: 2nd Test, Chennai- Toss Report
Team India have won the toss in the second Test of the four-match series and have decided to bat first. As far as the Indian team is concerned, Axar Patel will make his Test debut in this Test. Kuldeep Yadav replaces Washington Sundar and Jasprit Bumrah has been rested and has been replaced by Mohammed Siraj.
The rest of the team will continue to remain the same as far as reports are concerned. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will open the innings with Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli following them at number three and four respectively. Ajinkya Rahane will come in at number 5 followed by Rishabh Pant at number 6. Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, and Mohammed Siraj will all follow.
India’s Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj.
England’s Playing XI: Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Daniel Lawrence, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Ben Foakes (wk), Moeen Ali, Olly Stone, Jack Leach, Stuart Broad.
A Must-Win Test Match For India
A lot will be at stake for the India National Cricket Team when they take to the field on February 13 in the second Test of the four-match series. If the hosts have to maintain their hopes of qualifying for the final of the ICC World Test Championship, they will have to certainly win this Test match.
Notably, New Zealand have already qualified for the final of the World Test Championship. Prior to the first Test match, the Men in Blue were the frontrunners to join them. However, a shambolic defeat from England pushed them to the fourth spot in the ICC World Test Championship[ points table. England, India, and Australia are the three teams in contention to join New Zealand in the final at Lord’s.