Oval: The Virat Kohli-led Indian side faced much flak after the dismal show at Headingley during the third Test. India came into the match with a lot of confidence after the win at Lord’s, but they could not live up to the expectations and lost. Plaudits reckon the side needs to make changes to their playing XI for the upcoming Test at The Oval.Also Read - T20 World Cup 2021: MS Dhoni's Masterclass To Pant is A Real Unacademy 'Cracking the Game' Moment For Upcoming Keepers
The big concern for India at the moment is the poor form of Rishabh Pant, who was the toast of the nation a couple of months back. Some believe Wriddhiman Saha should be back given the experience he will bring to the table. Also Read - IND vs AUS Warm-up Match, T20 World Cup 2021 Report: Rohit Sharma, Bowlers Shine as India Thrash Australia by 9 Wickets in Dubai
But knowing Kohli and his tactics, it is unlikely that India would make wholesale changes to their side. While Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will continue to open, it is certain Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane would bat at No 3, 4, and 5 respectively. Also Read - IND vs AUS MATCH HIGHLIGHTS T20 World Cup 2021 Warm up Match Cricket Updates: Rohit Sharma, Bowlers Star as India Crush Australia by 9 Wickets to Make it Two-in-Two
The Indian team management may continue backing young Pant for the Oval Test where it is expected to batting friendly. The two changes that can happen – Ravichandran Ashwin may replace out-of-form Ishant Sharma and Shardul Thakur in for Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja picked up a niggle and is being treated for that. Jadeja may be rested for the next game. The four-prong pace attack would remain the same. The pacers would be Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Mohammed Shami.
With the series locked at 1-1, The Oval Test promises to be a humdinger.
IND vs ENG Match Details
India vs England, 4th Test
India Tour of England, 2021
Date – September 2-6 2021
Time: 03:30 PM IST
Venue: The Oval
IND Predicted Playing 11
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj