ENG vs IND 3rd Test 2021: Shardul Thakur is fit & available for selection ahead of the 3rd Test

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ENG vs IND 3rd Test 2021: Shardul Thakur is fit & available for selection ahead of the 3rd Test

ENG vs IND 3rd Test 2021: Shardul Thakur had missed the second Test at Lord’s due to a niggle injury & thus Ishant Sharma replaced him in the Playing XI for the second test. India displayed an outsanding performance on day five of the second test to secure an enthralling win in the second test.

There were many doubts about team India’s balance in the Lord’s test as the team had a very long lower order. However, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s heroics with the bat on the fifth day silenced all the naysayers.

However, what comes as a major boost for the Indian team is that Shardul Thakur is absolutely fit & available for selection ahead of the third test. Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has declared that bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur is fit and available for selection. India will be under dilemma about whether to stay with the same Playing XI of the Lord’s Test or include Shardul Thakur within the squad to strengthen India’s lower order.

When asked about the team management’s stance during the pre-match media conference, Ajinkya Rahane said:

“Shardul is fit and fine. He is ready for the selection. We just have to see what combination we are going in with about the rotation policy. We got a very good break after the last Test match so all the fast bowlers are ready to play… they want to play, which is a very good sign for us.”

During a recent interaction organized by Sony, Ajit Agarkar said that Shardul Thakur might not get a chance to play in the ENG vs IND 3rd Test 2021 as his replacement Ishant Sharma performed well in Lord’s test. “Ashwin might be the only change, but I can’t imagine why you would change a team after having won a Test match unless you have real problems. As good as Shardul bowled in the first test, he might have to miss out since Ishant bowled well in the second Test,” said Ajit Agarkar

Whether Shardul Thakur will be included in India’s Playing XI for the third test or team management will go ahead with the same Playing XI is a ‘wait & watch thing’.

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