11. Mohammed Siraj
Ishant Sharma’s poor show with the ball in the 1st Test might mean that he might have to make way for Mohammed Siraj.
10. Umesh Yadav
Umesh looked in good rhythm playing in England dismissing Joe root with beauty, and this series being held at home, Umesh will surely play an important role.
9. Axar Patel
Axar Patel is having a dream year, especially in the whites. Including a five-wicket haul, he picked up 6 wickets in the 1st Test and scored 31 runs with the bat as well. Overall in his Test career, he has scalped 33 wickets with the best figures of 6 for 38 in an innings.
8. R Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin as usual is at his best in the sub-continent pitches. He scalped 6 wickets and scored vital 70 runs in the first Test.
7. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja played a crucial inning under difficult circumstances in the first innings of the 1st Test and bought up his 17th Test half-century. Not to forget, he picked up 5 wickets from both innings.
6. Ajinkya Rahane
Well, even though Rahane has endured a poor run, he is expected to get ‘one more chance’ on his home ground.
5. Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer (where the batter scored a century on debut) has made the selection process tougher.producing a stellar show with the bat, he will also retain his place
4. Virat Kohli
skipper Virat Kohli will be back for the 2nd Test, and the question of who will make way for Kohli is one that has hogged the limelight in recent times.
3. Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara, and Ajinkya Rahane have their backs against the wall. The two veterans have been woefully short of runs, and both have not scored a single century in the whole of 2021.
2. KS Bharat (WK)
Wriddhiman Saha is also in doubt as well for this match due to a stiff neck, and KS Bharat might replace Saha in the side. Bharat might also move up the order and open the batting in the absence of Agarwal
1. Shubman Gill
He scored 45 and 35* runs in his debut match against a fiery Australian side in Melbourne. And in the fourth Test match against Australia, he scored his highest run of 91 which aided in the victory of India.