IND vs ENG: Wasim Jaffer selects India’s playing eleven for the first Test against England

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On Sunday, Wasim Jaffer, former Indian batsman picked hosts’ playing eleven for the first Test versus England, which is to be played in Chennai from February 5. As a opening pair, Jaffer picked youngster Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma, for the middle-order he picked Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishab Pant whereas Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel are the two spinners included in the side

India’s pace attack will be going by Jasprit Bumrah whereas between Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Siraj the best ought to be picked relying on the pitch, as indicated by Jaffer. The same goes with spinner Kuldeep Sharma and Shardul Thakur.

Jaffer tweeted, “India’s playing XI for the 1st Test (imo): 1 Rohit 2 Gill 3 Pujara 4 Kohli 5 Rahane 6 Pant 7 Axar* 8 Ashwin 9 Kuldeep/Thakur 10 Ishant/Siraj 11 Bumrah. Question is about 2 spots depending on combination + pitch. What’s your XI? *ENG have huge weakness vs left-arm spin. #INDvENG.”

Assistance batting coach Graham Thrope said on Sunday that, “The one thing about the Indian Bowling attack is, it’s not just about spin. I assume their seam attack is also strong and so from that point of view, it’s not to just get side-tracked into the spin side of things as well. Yes, it will be important no doubt about that,” said by Thrope in a virtual press conference.

India and England are all set to play four Tests, three ODIs and five T20Is. The first two games of the 4-games will be played in Chennai, while third and fourth in the Ahmedabad.