After losing the opening test match against England at Chennai, Indian captain Virat Kohli is looking forward to making some changes in the roster to secure victory in the second test match, which will start from February 13, 2021. Indian cricket fans can expect that Axar Patel will be the replacement for Shahbaz Nadeem in the second test match against England.
Shahbaz Nadeem Delivered Expensive Spell in the First Test Match
Shahbaz Nadeem, who played his second test match of the career, turned out to be expensive for the team. He conceded 233 runs in 59 overs in two innings. Even after bagging four wickets in the first innings, England managed to score 578 runs on board. Axar Patel, who was dropped down from the playing XI due to Kneel Niggle is expected to make a comeback in the team in place of Shahbaz Nadeem. As reported by senior BCCI official, Axar Patel had a minor knee injury, and he has started batting at the nets. He is also expected to start bowling in the coming days.
Ravichandran Ashwin will lead the Spin Attack
Even though India lost the first test match, Ravichandran Ashwin decimated the England batting order in the second innings of the match. He bagged 6 wickets for the team with an economy of 3.50. He is expected to lead the spin attack for the team. Indian fans can also expect that Washington Sundar will retain his spot in the playing XI in the second test match.
Kuldeep Yadav Might be Omitted from Playing XI
Many Indian fans were speculating that Kuldeep Yadav will make his comeback in the playing XI in place of Shahbaz Nadeem. However, Axar Patel’s name surfaced, which baffled the coach of Kuldeep Yadav. Kapil Pandey, who has been training Kuldeep for the past 17 years, stated in an interview that new players are not able to extract spin off the surface because they are just one on two tests old. I have never seen players making the playing XI overnight. He also stated that Kuldeep Yadav is a bowler who can play and perform in any match. He has already bagged 24 wickets from 6 test matches and has never taken less than four wickets in domestic cricket. However, the final list of playing XI will be finalized by captain Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharath Arun.