11. Mohammed Siraj
Siraj’s growth as a bowler has been an inspirational story for cricket lovers in India. Often considered as a wayward bowler with no able line and lengths, Siraj’s comeback in white-ball cricket and subsequently mastering his skills with the red ball has been impressive.
10. Jasprit Bumrah
When Jasprit Bumrah made his debut against South Africa in 2018, many people dismissed him as a red ball bowler who lacked the ability to deliver long stints with the red cherry in hand. With a maiden five-wicket haul in only his third encounter in South Africa, he proved everyone wrong.
9. Mohammed Shami
In recent years, Mohammed Shami has been the most improved bowler in the Test team. He is currently recognized as having the finest seam position in the world. If the surface allows for some seam movement, he can demolish any batting line-up with his upright seam.
8. Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur, a Mumbai-based all-rounder, was the architect of India’s legendary victories at the Gabba and the Oval. His invaluable contributions, both with the bat and with the ball, enabled India to achieve historic victories in overseas assignments.
7. R Ashwin
He’ll have to bat with the tail in the absence of Ravindra Jadeja. He has the capacity to bat effectively, but he has mainly underperformed with the bat in foreign countries. He may struggle against the pace bowlers, but he is India’s best option to bat with the tail.
6. Rishabh Pant(WK)
Rishabh has had a lot of success in Australia, so he should have no difficulty batting on these pitches, which have a similar bounce. Outside the off-stump, though, he struggled and was poking a lot more, resulting in a significant increase in caught-behind dismissals.
5. Hanuma Vihari
He was left out of the home series against New Zealand, which caused quite a stir. He was, however, chosen for India A’s tour of South Africa and has put up strong performances in the unofficial four-day games. This earned him a spot in the Indian team, and he’ll be hoping to continue his excellent form on this crucial tour.
4. Virat Kohli(C)
Kohli’s leadership has been exceptional, and he will continue to do so. It will be interesting to see how he collaborates with Dravid because their personalities are so distinct. In addition, due to the absence of Jadeja, he will have difficulty maintaining the team’s balance, and it will be interesting to see how he resolves this.
3. Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara hasn’t been in great form recently, but he’ll be in the starting XI to hold this Indian side intact. For the Indian squad to win Test matches, his ability to blunt fast bowlers will be critical. He’ll be the fulcrum around which the batting order will revolve, so he’ll need to be on top of his game to contribute to the team.
2. KL Rahul
KL Rahul will be a batter who will come into the side after solid performances in the previous England series. He was injured during the series against New Zealand and will be back ahead of Shubman Gill as the first-choice opener in the Tests against South Africa.
1. Mayank Agarwal
His stance makes it really difficult for him to counter the swinging ball. He, often, edges the ball or plays down the wrong line which opens him up. If he works on and counters this weakness, he could plunder a lot of runs in the rainbow nation and eventually seal his spot in the Playing XI.