India set for major change in their squad for the second Test match

Jan 13 2018 10:12 AM
India set for major change in their squad for the second Test match


Team India are set to line in Indian young batsmen KL Rahul for Indian veteran Shikhar Dhawan. But that's not the only change to expect. Ishant Sharma, the big guy of Delhi, could come into the XI in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The latter, who impressed in the first innings at Newlands, will sit out as conditions here may not aid swing bowling. That aside, wicket-keeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha will not play the second Test. He's down with a strain and Parthiv Patel, the second 'keeper India are travelling with will make it to the eleven.

In case of Rahane too, things seems pretty unclear because even though he batted at the nets with Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma, Rahane's was the shortest stint. But then, he was also seen working on his slip catching. If India does include Rahane, it will have to be a case of having an extra batsman because there is no way that Rohit will be dropped as he was picked by the management ahead of the Test deputy in the opening game and to drop him after just one game would be unfair and will show the team management in poor light.

The day before the match provides quite a picture of the team management's thought process and the first to bat at the nets were Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and Parthiv Patel. If that was no confusing enough, Parthiv was also seen fine-tuning his wicket-keeping skills. Wriddhiman Saha all this while was seen just helping out with throw downs as the slip catching session was on.



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