Sarfaraz Khan and Rajat Patidar have had more opportunities as a result of Virat Kohli and KL Rahul’s absences from the second Test match against England. The former was in the running for a while, but he wasn’t able to take the pitch until the selectors asked him to step in for the injured KL Rahul. However, Patidar has been considered for a while as well, even if he hasn’t yet made his Test cricket debut.
Now that Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer are probably going to be in the playing XI, the Indian team is trying to find someone to play at number four. Since one of them is anticipated to make their Vizag debut, both Sarfaraz and Patidar are under consideration. Both cricket players are match-ready and need to be selected since they perform well on wickets that encourage spin, according to former player Aakash Chopra.
“Rajat Patidar and Sarfaraz Khan add lot a value. They play well in spin-friendly pitches and have scored a lot of runs in the Ranji Trophy. They are not coming from international white-ball cricket, which tends to weaken your defence. They are match ready and that is good news for India. They can put England’s spin bowling under pressure,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel
Notably, in the second innings of the first Test at Hyderabad, the Indian batsmen were unable to muster any resistance against the English spinners. England spinner Tom Hartley wrecked havoc in the middle order, leaving the middle order batsmen unable to offer any steadiness. The visitors prevailed by 28 runs in the second innings thanks to his seven wickets.
In the meanwhile, the injured Ravindra Jadeja is probably going to be replaced in the playing XI by Kuldeep Yadav. The team management may also think about playing Washington Sundar, who may provide further depth to the batting unit.