Yadav has played 52 Tests and has had a chance to bowl in 102 innings. In his Test career, Umesh scalped 158 wickets with an average of 30.80 and an economy rate of 3.55 having three five-wicket hauls to his name. But unfortunately, he got to play in only one Test in the first half of this series between India and England.
Even in the first half of this very Test series against England, Bumrah impressed everyone with his amazing bowling performance. Appearing in 4 Test matches against England last year, he has 18 wickets to his name with an average of just 20.83 and an economy rate of 2.48 runs per over. His consistency is enough to confirm his place in the playing XI for the final remaining Test against England.
He got a chance to play for India in three Tests against England last year in this series. Bowling in five innings of these matches, Shami managed to claim 11 wickets with a bowling average of 27.55 and an economy rate of 3.13. There are fine chances of his inclusion into India’s playing XI for the remaining fifth Test against England.
Notably, he didn’t get a chance to appear in either of the four Tests of this series India played last year against England under Kohli’s captaincy. But as things have changed to 180 degrees in the Indian management so Ashwin is expected to get a call in the playing XI for the last and remaining Test against England in Edgbaston.
Similar has happened with him in the bowling in which he managed to claim only 6 wickets against his name. Although keeping experience on the table, the skipper and management can give him a chance in playing XI for the rescheduled fifth Test against England.
Ashwin scored 40* off just 23 balls and also scalped the prized wicket of the left-handed batter Devon Conway. He would wish to emulate his performance in the upcoming Qualifier 1 against GT.
So, it is concluded that Iyer may get a place to bat in the core of the Indian middle-order for this remaining Test match against England. It will also be his first Test appearance for India away from home.
In the first half of this very Test series against England, Kohli appeared in 7 innings of 4 matches and has scored 218 runs with an average of 31.14 hitting 2 half-centuries. So, he would be the right choice as a batter on number 4.
The 34-year-old senior batter scored 227 runs four matches against hosts England last year with an average of 32.43, hitting 2 half-centuries. Concluding the remark, he would be the first choice of skipper and management as a number 3 batter.
Undoubtedly, he would appear in this Test for India both as captain and an opener too. Rohit and Rahul are capable of giving an established start to India in this match which may lead the team to seal the series win.
Keeping his performance on English soil in mind, skipper Rohit Sharma and team management can go with him in the playing XI as an opener and deputy to Rohit as well.