India vs England 1st Test Edgbaston: England won the toss and opted to bat against India in the first Test of the five-match series at Birmingham. India have gone into the match with three genuine pacers, one spinner-Ravichandran Ashwin, five batters and a wicketkeeper. Skipper Virat Kohli, however, made a surprising decision of not including India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara into the Playing XI whereas an out-of-form Dhawan and KL Rahul have made the cut. Also Read - As Captain, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli Never Supported Me The Way Sourav Ganguly Did: Yuvraj Singh
And the decision to omit Pujara has not gone well with the fans with the Twittersphere touting the move as ‘strange’. Also Read - COVID-19: KL Rahul Plays With Pet During Coronavirus-Enforced Lockdown, Hardik Pandya Reacts | WATCH VIDEO
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Pujara has not been in the best of touch lately and hence that could have prompted this call. But on the contrary, one will also take into account that Dhawan too has been in woeful form in red ball cricket. But this is a five test series and we will be surprised if he (Pujara) is not playing at some stage. This also happens to be England’s historic 1000th Test, they become the only Test-playing nation to reach the milestone.
Here is the starting lineup of both teams for Birmingham Test:
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India (Playing XI): Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
England (Playing XI): Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root(c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow(w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson