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5 Indian cricketers who might get benched in the entire tour of England

By Bet Barter

June 7, 2021

India’s upcoming tour of England is one of the most anticipated Test series this year. India’s first-choice players will be available for the 5-match Test series against England. Hence, some Indian players might not get to play a single match in the upcoming tour of England. That said, here are 5 Indian cricketers who might get benched in the entire tour of England:

⦁ Axar Patel

Patel bowled brilliantly for India in the ICC World Test Championship. In 3 Test matches in the World Test Championship, Patel scalped a total of 27 wickets for the Indian Test team. However, it is highly likely that Axar Patel might not feature in a single Test match against England. The Indian Test team is likely to stick with the duo of Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin.

⦁ Washington Sundar

Sundar is another player who might be sidelined in the entire tour of England. In 4 Test matches in his career, Washington Sundar has picked up only 4 wickets in total. The off-spinner also has a below-par bowling average of 49.83 in the longest format of the game. Clearly, Sundar is unlikely to play a Test match for India against England in the presence of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

⦁ Shardul Thakur

Shardul Thakur is a relatively new bowler when it comes to the Test format. The 29-year-old has played only 2 Test matches in his career. Furthermore, India has some world-class pace bowlers such as Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami in the Test squad. Hence, it is highly likely that Shardul Thakur might be benched for the entire tour of England.

⦁ Wriddhiman Saha

Wriddhiman Saha is highly unlikely to make an appearance against England in the 5 match Test series. Rishabh Pant is India’s first-choice wicketkeeper in the Test format. Furthermore, Pant is also a better batsman in comparison to Saha. Hence, there is a high possibility that Saha might be benched for the entire England tour.

⦁ Hanuma Vihari

Hanuma Vihari has performed well for the Indian Test team whenever given a chance. However, Vihari is not a regular starter for the Indian national Test team. The Indian Test team already has some fabulous batsmen in the squad. Hence, the chances that Hanuma Vihari will make an appearance for India against England are slim at best.

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