India is about to enter the Test series against Sri Lanka from 26th July, Wednesday. Prior to that, the top-ranked side in the world had beaten West Indies in the Caribbean which had been the onset of Anil Kumble’s reign as the coach of the Indian team.
Now, things have changed as far as the coach is concerned with Ravi Shastri coming in. As far as the team personnel is concerned, there isn’t much of a change. KL Rahul is an absentee from the squad due to a viral fever and his absence doesn’t cause much of a concern owing to strong bench strength. At the same time, his absence makes it interesting of how the team would shape up – especially at the top of the order.
Ahead of the Galle Test, Virat Kohli said, “Rohit (Sharma) has never opened in a Test cricket and we don’t see that kind of experiment happening here because we have specialist openers in the team and they will obviously be starting this game.”
Rahul is unfortunately down with a fever. Luckily, it is not anything serious. So he will get back in a few days. KL is a very established player for us, a very solid player. These kinds of scenarios present other players in the team with an opportunity to step up,” he added on Rahul’s absence from the team.
The captain has also hinted on Hardik Pandya to do the possible debut in the test series. The captain said, “We got a guy like Hardik Pandya, who has a knack of picking wickets. He has a great chance of playing as well. That gives us the balance. The extra batsman gave us more solidarity. We have taken learnings from that and we will surely apply that straight away into the series. It is very important to have your strike bowlers to be able to pick up wickets.”
The important point to note is that with all these changes of players and strategies and coming of the new coach, will team India be able to sustain its top position after demonstrating a spectacular domestic season.