Before looking at the possible replacements for the last two Tests we have a lot on the plate. Just like India’s previous tour of England in 2011 and 2014, the No. 1 Test team in the world is again staring down the barrel and are already 0-2 down in the five-match series Test series. India played well in the Edgbaston Test however lost by a slender margin of 31 runs.
However, their performance was simply unacceptable in the second Test at Lord’s where they went down by a huge margin of an innings an 159 runs. Indeed, it was a pathetic performance by the visitors.
Virat Kohli-led side was unable to cope with the seaming and swinging conditions and kept giving away wickets quite cheaply to the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes respectively.
Even in the bowling department, they lacked the penetration. On a pitch where they were bowled out in less than 70 overs twice, they allowed England to pile on the runs in the first innings despite having them under pressure on 131 for five.
The team management have to take a call on the future. Hence, on that regard, we might see quite a few changes in the squad for a final couple of Tests.
Here are four possible replacements which the selectors might think of ahead of the team selection for the last two Tests.
Rohit Sharma in place of Ajinkya Rahane:
Ajinkya Rahane hasn’t looked a shade of himself in the series so far. He has been dismissed in a fashion which no one would have thought a couple of years ago.
Prominent batsman, Rahane has been a champion batsman for India, especially in the longest format. However, his performance hasn’t been upto the mark in the recent past. He has been woefully out of touch and might well be axed for the final two Tests.
If that is the case, Rohit Sharma might well be the likely replacement. He is a champion limited-overs batsman. However, his Test record isn’t that great. But given the current status of the team, Rohit might well be recalled.