India v England, 5th Test – India Predicted XI
Published - Dec 15, 2016 5:34 pm | Updated - Dec 15, 2016 5:34 pm
Team India have been on a roll this season. They started off with a lacklustre performance in the first Test against England. At Rajkot, they had a brief scare when they were 6 wickets down on the final day. But since then, the Virat Kohli-led side has seen a massive overhaul of fortunes. Three consecutive wins in the next three matches saw India all over the hapless English side. The victory margins kept getting bigger and better.
They convincingly won the Vizag Test by a margin of 246 runs. All players have done their bit. Parthiv Patel came in as the wicket-keeper replacement in the third Test at Mohali. He contributed heavily as India trounced England by 8 wickets in the 3rd Test. The fourth Test at Mumbai was the best out of the three. Ravi Ashwin’s 12 wicket haul saw India take the winning lead of 3-0 in the 5-match series.
The action now moves to the final Test at Chennai. A lot of eyes will be glued on the Indian team and the combination that Virat Kohli goes in with. Having won the series, India can look to try a few benched players. But will Virat Kohli tinker with the winning combination? Another point to note is that Kohli has never played with the same eleven in his Test captaincy career. Here is the predicted XI for the final Test at Chennai:
1. Murali Vijay
Murali Vijay will continue to retain his place in the line-up. The stylish Indian opener struck a gritty century in the last Test at Mumbai to announce his arrival back to form. Prior to that, he had started his campaign in the series with a century at Rajkot. However, a string of low scores followed thereafter.
Now, with the form back in his favour, expect the Tamil Nadu batsman to come out all guns blazing at his home ground. He will look to finish on a high and give a fitting gift to his home fans who were devastated by the cyclone recently.