In the fumbles on day 4 of the third Test against England in a humiliating way when the hosts took the winning place by an innings and 76 runs to level the five-match series 1-1 at Headingley, Leeds, on Saturday (August 28).
India’s batting collapses in both innings of the match also started the conversation about what their ideal squad would be for the fourth Test at The Oval, which starts on Thursday (September 2).
“I do not like to sound like a knee-jerk reaction, but I firmly believe that we need to strengthen our batting line-up by including Suryakumar Yadav ahead of Hanuma Vihari. “We have to drop a bowler and come in with six batsmen.” Dilip Vengsarkar, one of the best chairmen of the national selection committee, told PTI.
Vengsarkar believes that Suryakumar, who averages more than 44 in first-class cricket, can make a big difference in the next Test match.
“Surya can (in terms of skills) fit in best with this Indian team, and since he has been there for a while, he needs to be included before it is too late,” Vengsarkar said.
Surya en Prithvi Shaw was subsequently added to the Indian team Shubman Gill injured along with Washington Sundar.
Vengsarkar was also stunned as to why Indian captain Virat Kohli did not choose a veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin so far in play XI.
“Why has Ashwin not been chosen so far is a mystery to me?” asked Vengsarkar.
“You leave your best spinner out of playing eleven for me hard to digest,” wonders the stylish Mumbaikar, who played for India in their 1986 victory over England.
“India will have to play with four bowlers and six batsmen if they are to win the remaining matches,” he added.
As second on the ICC’s Test Bowler rankings, Ashwin was the highest wicketkeeper in the 2019-21 World Test Championship (WTC). Ashwin averages 28 with the ball in Test cricket in England and has a good record against the home team’s running machine Joe Root, which he fired five times.