After a brilliant performance in the 3rd Test at Trent Bridge it Nottingham, India came back to familiar waters in overseas conditions as they surrendered a 60 runs defeat to England in the 4th test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Courtesy their defeat India has also dashed their dreams of winning a Test series in England for the first time since 2007. It has been the batsmen who have been brought India’s downfall in the series so far.
Ravichandran Ashwin could have bowled better in the 4th Test. However, the pacers were quite spectacular and bagged 20 wickets for yet another time in the series. You don’t often see the Indian bowlers getting 80 wickets in 4 tests in overseas conditions. However, the batsmen haven’t given them enough runs to play with.
KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan have been short of runs at the top of the order. There are question marks over Hardik Pandya’s Test future. Ashwin’s ordinary performance in a pitch which had so much for the spinners was pretty strange. He tried too many deliveries and didn’t stick to the basics. Hence he was nowhere close to his counterpart Moeen Ali.
The 4th Test is slated to begin in 3 day’s time and the team management might surely want to give some of the young players a chance in the final and dead rubber. If I was the captain I would have definitely made three to four changes.
Now without wasting any time let us have a look at 3 players who might be replaced in the 5th Test
Prithvi Shaw in place of KL Rahul
Shaw has a terrific record in his brief first-class career and has already proved why he is rated so highly in the domestic circuit. He has a flair about his batting which was quite evident in the IPL when he played for the Delhi Daredevils. However, playing in English conditions will be a different challenge altogether. But he must be confident of the fact that he has got some prior exposure of playing in English conditions.
He scored a century in the tour of England with the India A side. On the other hand, KL Rahul has looked good in patches but has not been able to convert his starts into big ones. It is high time that he is given a timely reminder that his place is up for grabs. If Prithvi does get a chance in the next game, it will be pretty exciting to see the 18-year-old.