IND vs ENG: Dhruv Jurel eyed for Test debut as India mulls changes

Speculations arise regarding the inclusion of ‘keeper-bat Dhruv Jurel in the Indian Test squad for the upcoming match against England in Rajkot. With the series level at 1-1, sources within the BCCI suggest that selectors might opt for Jurel over the struggling KS Bharat.

Sources indicate the selectors’ growing impatience with Bharat’s performance, citing his below-par batting and wicketkeeping. Jurel, known for his talent and promising track record with Uttar Pradesh, India A, and Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, emerges as a potential debutant.

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Bharat’s recent form adds weight to the argument for change, having managed only 92 runs in two Tests in the ongoing series, with a lackluster overall Test record. Meanwhile, Jurel boasts a commendable First-Class record and recent notable performances against England Lions and South Africa A.

In other news, discussions around resting pacer Jasprit Bumrah for the fourth Test in Ranchi circulate, aiming to preserve his fitness for the crucial final match in Dharamshala. Additionally, the exclusion of Avesh Khan from the squad sparks controversy, with selectors opting to provide him with ‘game time’ in domestic cricket.

Amidst these deliberations, the focus remains on Rajkot, where India seeks to gain an edge in the ongoing series against England.