IND vs ENG 5th Test: Ajinkya Rahane to be dropped, for final test?

By Lokmat English Desk | Published: September 8, 2021 02:25 PM2021-09-08T14:25:00+5:302021-09-08T14:25:00+5:30


India have taken a 2-1 lead in the five-match Test series against England by winning a Test match at the Oval after 50 years. Now, the entire focus of Team India is on the fifth and starting season starting from September 10 in Manchester.

With the conditions set to be overcast with chances of intermittent rain, Kohli is all set to retain his four-seamer template, with Ajinkya Rahane likely to be dropped.

Virat Kohli & Co. have a golden opportunity to win a Test series in England after 14 years. Therefore, Team India does not want to make any mistake in the Manchester Test. Batting coach Vikram Rathore has backed Ajinkya and Ajinkya's performance in the Manchester Test.

Ajinkya Rahane is India's leading run-scorer in the World Test, but his bat has remained silent in England. He has scored 109 runs at an average of 15.57 in the last 7 innings and 61 is his best individual performance.

Hanuma Vihari is a viable option. He has been with the team since May. But, even his performance in England is not satisfactory. He has scored 0, 8, 32, 52, 8 and 0 in county matches here. He has scored 24 and 43 * in practice matches.

Jasprit Bumrah, who turned the tide with a strong spell of 6-3-6-2 after the lunch break in the Oval Test, could be rested for the fifth Test. He has taken the most 18 wickets from India in this series. Considering the upcoming IPL and Twenty20 World Cup.

Mohammad Shami was rested for the fourth Test and was replaced by Umesh Yadav. Umesh had taken six wickets in the fourth Test. Jasprit Bumrah is likely to be replaced by Shami or with spinner with R Ashwin.

India's Probable Playing XI (India Playing XI - IND vs ENG 5th Test) - Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari / Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami / R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj.