India’s predicted XI for the third test.

first_imgAdvertisementThe action-packed test series moves to the iconic Trent Bridge at Nottingham where thetwo nations will collide in the third test of the five-match series. Both sides head into theencounter with contrasting mindsets, while the hosts have managed to find thembalanced side and resolve their issues from the opening test, the Men In Blue look jadedwith a lack of contributions from both the batting as well as the bowling unit.After their dismal show at the home of cricket, the visitors have a huge statement tomake in the upcoming series if they need to make a comeback in the series. Issues suchas the team balance would be one of the few areas that Virat Kohli and coach RaviShastri may pinpoint.With the Trent Bridge test not far away, let’s have a look at the line-up that the Bluesmay go for.1. Shikhar DhawanThis tour has been a nightmare for the openers, to say the least, and Murali Vijay’shorrible outing at Lord’s may force skipper Kohli to bring back Dhawan at the top of theorder.2. KL RahulAfter a bright display in the limited over series, the Kings XI Punjab batsman hassurprisingly faded away in the test series. The lack of choices may force India to go withRahul at the top.3. Cheteshwar PujaraDespite the run chart not pointing towards an impressive display, Pujara was solidagainst the England seamers and will get the nod to add the much-needed stability in themiddle order.4. Virat KohliThe skipper would hope for more contributions from batsman around him as the Indianbatting line-up is yet to cope up with the conditions in England.5. Ajinkya RahaneDespite going through one of the leanest patches of his career, Rahane would look tobring in confidence with a good display in Nottingham.6. Rishabh PantA below par tour for Dinesh Karthik could prove decisive for the Delhi wicket-keeperthe batsman who might get to don the whites for the first time in the senior squad.7. Hardik PandyaThe decisive need for an all-rounder might go on to secure Pandya’s place in theline-up despite not being up to the mark so far.8. Ravichandran AshwinOne of the few lone bright spots for India, Ashwin is integral to the team’s successand will be one of the first names to be fixed in the playing eleven.9. Mohammed ShamiA key member of the Indian test set-up, Shami will hope to bring the goods atTrent Bridge.10. Ishant SharmaClearly India’s most reliable seamer on the tour, the lanky pacer is expected tolead from the front to topple the deep English batting line-up.11. Jasprit BumrahHaving recovered from his finger injury, Bumrah would be raring to go in thewhites after a good showing in the South Africa tour earlier this year.Advertisementlast_img read more