- Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer doubtful for the next Test
- KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja await clearance from NCA
- Akash Deep set to earn maiden India call-up
The selection panel led by Ajit Agarkar is expected to announce the India Test squad for the remaining three games against England in the ongoing Test series. The delay in the squad announcement is due to the uncertainty surrounding the availability of several key players. With Virat Kohli still out of action due to personal reasons, and Shreyas Iyer ruled out of the series due to a back injury, the selectors have some tough decisions to make. Additionally, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, who suffered injuries in the first Test, are yet to receive clearance from the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Akash Deep set to earn maiden India call-up
According to reports from the Indian Express, Bihar-born Bengal fast-bowler Akash Deep is set to earn his maiden call-up to the Test team. Despite expectations of Avesh Khan being selected as a back-up pacer, the selectors have decided to show faith in Akash Deep. The 27-year-old impressed during his performances for India A against England Lions, picking up 11 wickets in two unofficial Tests, including two four-wicket hauls. With 29 first-class games under his belt, Akash Deep has an impressive record of 103 wickets at an average of 23.
Uncertainty over key players
The absence of Virat Kohli, one of India’s most influential batsmen, has been a major setback for the team. His availability for the third Test is still uncertain, as he continues to be out of action due to personal reasons. Shreyas Iyer’s absence due to a back injury further adds to the selection panel’s challenges. Additionally, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, who were instrumental in India’s victory in the second Test, are yet to receive clearance from the NCA. Their fitness will be crucial in the selection process.
The series poised for a thrilling finish
With the series currently locked at 1-1, the remaining three Tests promise to be thrilling encounters. England stunned India in the first Test with a 28-run victory, but the hosts bounced back in style, winning the second Test by 106 runs. The third Test, scheduled to be played in Rajkot from February 15, will be a crucial match that could potentially decide the outcome of the series. The selection panel’s decisions will play a significant role in shaping the team’s chances in the upcoming matches.
As the Ajit Agarkar-led selection panel prepares to announce the India Test squad for the remaining three games against England, several key players’ availability remains uncertain. The absence of Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, along with the fitness concerns of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, has forced the selectors to consider new options. Akash Deep, the Bihar-born Bengal fast-bowler, is reportedly set to earn his maiden call-up to the Test team. With the series delicately poised, the selection panel’s decisions will be crucial in shaping India’s chances in the remaining Tests against England.