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Three changes India might make for the 2nd Test against England

February 11, 2021

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India will be keen to bounce back after a hefty defeat of 227-runs in the first Test against England in Chennai. The loss also ended India's 14-match unbeaten streak in home Tests and eight-match unbeaten streak at Chepauk. This was Virat Kohli's fourth consecutive Test defeat as a captain. If England wins the second Test, then India's chances of qualifying for WTC will diminish. 

India's team management can make few changes in the playing XI.

KL Rahul for Ajinkya Rahane

Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane failed to make a mark in the first match against England in Chennai. The batsman was dismissed cheaply on 1 and 0 respectively. His low patch with the bat might give way to KL Rahul in the middle-order. KL Rahul was in great form in white-ball cricket but failed to play the Test series in Australia as he was ruled out due to an injury. Including him in the squad for the upcoming match can turn things in India's favor.

Kuldeep Yadav for Shahbaz Nadeem

Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav was anticipated to play the first match against England, but the management decided to rope in Shahbaz Nadeem. Nadeem failed to impress with the ball as the spinner bowled plenty of no-balls. He also looked a bit unsettled and struggled to provide the side with crucial breakthroughs that increased pressure on other bowlers. Considering England has struggled against wrist spinners in the past, India should now include Kuldeep Yadav for the second Test.

Mayank Agarwal for Rohit Sharma 

Rohit Sharma has failed to get going in the first Test match between India and England. In his last six innings, Rohit Sharma has only managed to score only 147 runs. The opening batsman had replaced Mayank Agarwal in Australia. Considering his current form, Sharma might get replaced by Agarwal in the second Test. With a fantastic record in India, Agarwal can be a captivating option for Virat Kohli and the team. A good start against England's bowling unit will hold the key to India's success in the remaining matches.

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