Discussions about the 3rd Test, which is still over 10 days away, have already taken centre stage.
With the 2nd Test between India and England concluding in just 4 days and the Men in Blue winning the clash, discussions about the 3rd Test, which is still over 10 days away, have already taken centre stage. Numerous reports have emerged, ranging from Jasprit Bumrah potentially missing the 3rd game to the English squad opting for a break in Abu Dhabi during the gap.
Jasprit Bumrah, who was awarded the player of the match in the second Test in Visakhapatnam, may be given a break for the third Test, as reported by Cricbuzz. The national selectors and team management are contemplating resting Bumrah for the Rajkot Test to ensure he returns rejuvenated for the final two games.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj, who was given a similar break for the second Test, is expected to return for the third clash. Siraj is anticipated to lead the attack in the third game before rejoining forces with Bumrah for the final two games.
As for the English camp, the touring team plans to return to their pre-series base, Abu Dhabi, for a much-needed break. Ben Stokes and his teammates will engage in some golf before returning for the third Test in Rajkot. The side had prepared for the highly anticipated Test series against India with an extensive conditioning camp in Abu Dhabi, preceding the traditional practice matches in the subcontinent.
The Men in Blue have yet to announce the Test squad for the remaining matches, with the team selection anticipated to be finalized on Tuesday (February 6). Many questions remain unanswered - whether KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja are fit enough to return if Virat Kohli will make a comeback, and more.
According to Cricbuzz, Jadeja is unlikely to be fully fit for the Test in Rajkot, as he requires additional time to attain full fitness following a hamstring injury suffered in the first Test. However, KL Rahul is expected to make a comeback for the remainder of the five-Test series.
The return of Virat Kohli also remains uncertain, as the star batter is believed to be abroad due to a family emergency. When coach Rahul Dravid was asked about this, he mentioned that the team management would connect with Kohli to ascertain his availability for the rest of the series.
Kohli's former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate and friend AB de Villiers recently revealed that Kohli is expecting his second child, shedding light on the reason for his absence. De Villiers stated, "All I know is he is fine. He is spending a bit of time with his family, and that is the reason he is missing the first two Test matches. I am not going to confirm anything else. I cannot wait to see him back," said the South African.