India vs England Second test will start from this Thursday at the coast city of Vishakhapatnam, another new test venue of India. Both the teams reached the coastal city on Monday and India will be looking to bounce back from their nervy draw at Rajkot.
The Indian team has included KL Rahul in the squad, who scored a classy 76 in the most recent Ranji match for Karnataka, leaving Gautam Gambhir’s place in jeopardy. Overall, the home team was poor in Rajkot, while their batting didn’t click, bowling was also not up to the mark as English players found it easy to deal with.
Inclusion of Rahul gives Virat Kohli two options, either India may axe Gambhir which will be very harsh, or they can go with six batsmen for this test.
The visitors on the other hand came up with an elite performance in the first test. Teenage opener Haseeb Hameed has impressed all and both Joe Root and Moeen Ali handled the spin attack extremely well. In terms of batting the away side looks much secured and stable while their bowling has been terrific as well. Seamers, Spinners all have chipped in with wickets and caused havoc in the Indian batting at a certain part in the second innings last time around.
Also there is a fair chance that the pitch at Vizag will be a spinning track, someone says rank turner. The pitch seems to have bare patches and ball may start turning pretty early than expected. That means Toss will be even more important for both the teams as both captains would like to avoid batting in the 4th innings. The most recent international match in this venue was less than three weeks ago, when Amit Mishra scalped 5 for 18 against hapless Kiwis.
England have James Anderson back as well which gives them another option, but it’s likely that they will go with an unchanged team. The home side may look to bring fully fit KL Rahul, which may lead to axing of Gautam Gambhir.
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