Cheteshwar Pujara,

Shikhar Dhawan and Umesh Yadav have paid the price for their mediocre show in the first England vs India Test at Edgbaston. Both the players have been dropped from the playing eleven for the second game at Lord’s. Cheteshwar Pujara have replaced Dhawan. On the other hand, Umesh has made way for spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

The left-handed batsman was not a certainty to open with Murali Vijay after bagging a pair in the warm-up match against a second-string Essex side. The southpaw had faced just four deliveries in the warm-up game. That performance further tarnished his image as a Test batsman in overseas conditions.

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However, the team gambled on him and it backfired.  In both innings, Dhawan reached out with hard hands at a ball that was moving away outside off stump and was caught in the slips. In the first innings, he got the start and was batting on 26 before poking at an away going delivery from Sam Curran. He struggled in the second innings too as he edged a Stuart Broad delivery to the wicketkeeper after scoring 13.

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Shikhar Dhawan scored 26 and 13 in the first Test (England vs India, Credits: AFP)

On the other hand, Umesh struggled with his line and length despite the conditions being favourable for the bowlers.  In the first innings, he conceded more than 3 runs per over and managed to pickup just one wicket. The right-arm pacer improved in the second essay as he took 2 wickets but it was not enough to guarantee him a spot in the team for the Lord’s Test.

Kuldeep and Pujara will look to make the most of the opportunity. A good show in this game is set to give them an extended run in the team.

Meanwhile, the fans were quick to react to India’s playing eleven.

Here are some of the reactions:


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