New Delhi: Team India, captained by Virat Kohli, suffered a crushing defeat by 8 wickets in the final (WTC Final) match of the World Test Championship against New Zealand. Now the Indian team, forgetting this heart-breaking defeat, is preparing for the 5-match Test series against England. The Test series between India and England will start from August 4. This tour of England is very important for the Indian cricket team, in such a situation, another defeat can cost 4 players. The performance of these 4 players will decide what will be their future in Test cricket.
Cheteshwar Pujara’s performance in the 5-match Test series against England will decide what will be his future in Test cricket. Cheteshwar Pujara scored 8 runs in the first innings and 13 runs in the second innings of the final of the World Test Championship (WTC). After this performance of Pujara, the countdown to his career has started.
To dominate the opposition, instead of being defensive, one needs to score runs, but Pujara’s batting did not show any strength. The top order has been India’s strength, which is constantly flopping in Test matches. Now questions are also being raised about Pujara’s place at number three. Cheteshwar Pujara last scored a century two years ago in the last tour of Australia in 2018. Pujara then played an innings of 193 runs in Sydney itself. He has not scored a single century since this innings, which is a matter of concern for Team India.
Shubman Gill scored 28 runs in the first innings and 8 runs in the second innings of the final of the World Test Championship (WTC). Opening with Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill has failed to give a good start to Team India. After the early dismissal of the opening batsmen, the entire pressure falls on the middle order. The middle order is also getting completely devastated due to the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.
After Shubman Gill’s poor batting performance, questions are being raised about his place in the Test team. Shubman Gill has scored 414 runs in 8 matches in his Test career so far. During this his average has been 31.84. Shubman Gill’s form is a matter of concern for Team India. Mayank Agarwal can be a better option in place of Shubman Gill in the opening.
Ever since Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from Tests for the Indian cricket team, Wriddhiman Saha has been taking the responsibility of wicketkeeping in his place. Wriddhiman Saha has been constantly associated with the Test team. By the way, he is not getting a chance in India’s playing XI in the last few series, because Rishabh Pant is taking a heavy toll on him. Wriddhiman Saha has got a place in the team this time also on the tour of England. He is a part of the team, so far Wriddhiman Saha has played 38 Test matches for India. Saha is currently 36 years old, so at the same time he has started getting competition. In such a situation, it can be said that this tour of England can be his last tour.
Indian cricket has got one of the best fast bowlers in the last few years. These young fast bowlers have made a great impact on the career of Umesh Yadav, considered to be India’s speed merchant. Umesh Yadav gradually got completely discharged from the limited overs team, but he is still a part of India’s Test team. Umesh Yadav is being given a constant opportunity to play in the Indian Test team, but he is not able to be a part of the playing XI continuously. Now in such a situation, Umesh Yadav may have managed to make a place on the tour of England this time, but for 33-year-old Umesh Yadav, who has played 48 Tests, this England tour can prove to be the last.