India has their backs against the wall as they are down by two games in the five-match series. Thus, it is going to be a difficult comeback road for the visitors. There are a lot of questions hanging over the batting line-up of the tourists as they have let the team down. We take a look at India’s Predicted Playing XI for the third Test Match at Trent Bridge.

In fact, India’s bowling battery has done a good job thus far in the series. However, the batsmen haven’t delivered the goods for the team. Thus, Virat Kohli’s men need to come up with a better performance to stay alive in the series.

The Indian openers have failed to give a good platform to the team. Therefore, the likes of KL Rahul, Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan need to come up with a solid performance. The openers play a huge role in Test match cricket and it is high time that India finds its answers to their batting woes.

On the other hand, England has ticked the right boxes with their performances. Chris Woakes was the star of the show in the Lord’s Test and James Anderson continues to get better with age like a old wine.

Here is a look at India’s Predicted Playing XI for the third Test at Trent Bridge.

Murali Vijay

India's Predicted Playing XI,England vs India 2018, Trent Bridge
Murali Vijay. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP / Getty)

Murali Vijay is the first choice opener of India. However, the right-hander is going through a dry run of form. Vijay had bagged a pair in Lord’s but he will look to improve his performance.

KL Rahul 

India's Predicted Playing XI,England vs India 2018, Trent Bridge
KL Rahul. Credits: REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

KL Rahul hasn’t also lived up to the expectations. Rahul has shown the promise to do well in the foreign conditions and needs to deliver a better performance.

Cheteshwar Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara, England vs India 2018
Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Cheteshwar Pujara was unfortunately run-out in the second Test match’s first innings. Pujara can sometimes go into a shell and needs to look at the ways of scoring runs.

Virat Kohli

India's Predicted Playing XI,England vs India 2018, Trent Bridge
Virat Kohli will look to bounce back at Trent Bridge. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Virat Kohli has fought a lone battle thus far on the England tour. Thus, the Indian skipper will want other batsmen to rise to the occasion and deliver for the team.

It is now and never for Team India.

Ajinkya Rahane 

India's Predicted Playing XI,England vs India 2018, Trent Bridge
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Ajinkya Rahane has struggled to get going in 2018. He has an average of 16 in the year and needs to find his lost touch as soon as possible. Rahane’s is India’s one of better batsmen and the tourists will want more from Kohli’s deputy.

Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya, England vs India 2018, 2nd Test match
Hardik Pandya. Credits: AP

Hardik Pandya did well with the ball in the second Test match. The Indian all-rounder will like to play a major role in changing the course of the series.

Rishabh Pant 

India's Predicted Playing XI,England vs India 2018, Trent Bridge
Rishabh Pant. Image Courtesy: Getty

Rishabh Pant can be included in place of Dinesh Karthik who has failed to leave a mark. Pant has shown great promise and also did well on recent India A tour of England. Therefore, he is part of our India’s Predicted Playing XI.

Ravichandran Ashwin

England, India, Ravichandran Ashwin Duke Ball, Worcestershire
Ravichandran Ashwin. Getty Images

Ravichandran Ashwin was brilliant in the first Test match. However, he could not find any assistance in the second match at Lord’s. Ashwin will look to come up with goods for India.

Ishant Sharma

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Ishant Sharma. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Ishant Sharma did well in the first Test match. However, the lanky fast bowler could not make use of his vast experience as he failed to hit the right lengths.

Mohammed Shami ‘

England, India, Mohammed Shami, Lord's
Mohammed Shami. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Mohammed Shami has been the most impressive Indian fast bowler in the series. However, his wickets column hasn’t justified it as he has been a bit unfortunate.

Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah celebrates his wicket. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Jasprit Bumrah has cleared the fitness test and would be in the reckoning for his place. He had done a good job on the South African tour and would be handy in the England conditions. Therefore, he makes the cut for India’s Predicted Playing XI.