India’s Predicted Playing XI for 2nd Test against England, Kuldeep set to replace Nadeem

After the humiliating 227-run defeat against England in Chennai, Virat Kohli and co would now look forward to an afresh start for the upcoming much-anticipated second Test at the same venue, kick-start from February 13.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Feb 11, 2021 13:49 IST
India’s Predicted Playing XI for 2nd Test against England, Kuldeep set to replace Nadeem
India’s Playing XI For 2nd Test vs England. (Image credit: ICC twitter handle)

India’s Predicted Playing XI for 2nd Test vs England: After a humiliating 227-run defeat on Tuesday, Kohli and his men will now look forward to an afresh start for the second Test at the same venue, kick-start from February 13. England played dominant cricket in the first Test and outclassed Team India in all three departments to take 1-0 lead in the 4-match Test series. Take a look at India's playing XI for the upcoming much-awaited Test at Chennai.

Interestingly, it's the first time that Indian skipper Virat Kohli has lost four Test matches in a row as a captain. Fans on Twitter demands resignation from Virat Kohli as captain after a dreadful show of Team India under his leadership in the last four matches.

Despite having failed in the first Test with scores of 6 and 12, India should persist with Rohit Sharma, considering he could be deadly in the sub-continental conditions. Without a doubt, Shubman Gill (29 & 50), who looked classy in his brief stay in the first Test, will definitely hold on to his spot for the second Test.

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Cheteshwar Pujara, skipper Kohli himself are back in the form at right time, but could not convert their start into triple figures and that is what hurt Team India. Pujara and Kohli will play at No. 3 and 4 respectively.

Ajinkya Rahane led India to a historical win in Australia Down Under but has failed in the first Test. In two outings, he has scored a solitary run. In the first Test, he found himself unlucky as he got dismissed of a full-toss, while in the second innings, Aderson's beauty nipped his off stump.

Rishabh Pant was the star for India in the first innings as he counter-attacked his way to 91 off just 88 balls. In the middle order, Washington Sundar will be persisted with after he gave India solidity with a gritty 85* in the first innings. R Ashwin was the showstoppers with the ball in ENG's second innings as he picked up 6/61 to bundle out the visitors for a paltry 178 and give India hopes of saving the Test.

The only change could be Kuldeep Yadav’s return to the red-ball format in place of Nadeem, who was not as effective as he was expected to be despite having picked up four wickets in the Test. He was expected to do more in Ravindra Jadeja’s absence. Even a fit Mohammad Shami would have to wait it seems as Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah bowled brilliantly in testing conditions.

India’s Probable XI for 2nd Test vs England: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (Vice-captain), Rishabh Pant (WK), Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah