Jasprit Bumrah has arguably been India’s standout bowler in the series. The young speedster has picked up 18 wickets with one five-wicket haul. He is the second-highest wicket-taker in the series after Ollie Robinson.
Umesh played the previous Test and picked up six wickets, one of which was that of Root and appeared in excellent form.
Mohammed Shami missed out from the fourth Test due to a niggle along with Ishant Sharma. Even as there are doubts on Ishant’s comeback, Shami’s return to the playing eleven can’t be ruled out by any stretch of the imagination.
After the Nottingham Test, he had to warm the bench at the Lord’s and Leeds. However, he put forth his A-game at The Oval. In the fourth Test, he got scores of 57 and 60, and also picked up three wickets, including that of Root.
Ravindra Jadeja has constantly been preferred over Ravi Ashwin. However, he hasn’t had the best of series, having scored 160 runs and picking up six wickets. But he is expected to make the eleven.
Rishabh Pant has tried to throw the kitchen sink at everything, but he hasn’t tasted much success. The southpaw will be looking to end his journey with substantial knocks.
There’s massive question marks over Ajinkya Rahane’s form. The Indian Test vice-captain has scored a fifty, but apart from that he’s looked lacklustre, to say the least.
Virat Kohli has scored runs in patches, but the 32-year-old has looked far from his very best. His captaincy has been outstanding throughout the series, and he will undoubtedly inspire his team to victory.
Cheteshwar Pujara was under fire before the series and the situation only worsened for him after the first two Tests. However, instead of getting bogged down, India’s No.3 has responded with two half-centuries.
Rahul, on the other hand, started with scores of 84 and 129 in Nottingham and Lord’s respectively. But since then, he’s blown a tad hot and cold.
The Nagpur-born veteran didn’t let the chance slip in the fourth Test as he notched his maiden ton in overseas Test matches. The opener was adjudged the Player of the Match for his match-winning show.