The depleted Indian Squad will take on the Full-Fledged England squad
ENG vs IND 5th Test 2022: The field of Edgbaston is ready & the players of both the teams are rearing as the most awaited rescheduled fifth Test between India & England is all set to commence on Friday, July 1. Less did Bumrah know that the fifth Test would become so memorable for him as he will don Captain’s Jacket for the first time during his celebrated career in the Edgbaston Test. The rescheduled fifth Test would be a great opportunity for Bumrah to showcase his prowess as a captain while leading an unsettled Indian team.
Nine months back, the Indian team was leaidng the series by a 2-1 score when multiple COVID-19 cases in their camp led to the postponement of the final game which was a part of the World Test Championship. And nine months later many things have changed within the Indian contingent with Virat Kohli relinquishing Test captaincy. His successor Rohit Sharma too has been ruled out of this Test after tetsing positive for COVID-19. Adding to the complexities is KL Rahul’s injury which ruled him out of the England Tour. Now with key players being unavailable to wear the Captaincy cap the onus now comes on India’s one of the finest pacers to lead the unsettled Indian Test team in the fifth Test. Bumrah is all set to become the 36th Man to lead the National Test team.
After Kapil Dev, Bumrah is the second Indian pacer who would be handed Captaincy of National team. It took almost 35 years for India to change its outlook & have another pacer captain in face of Bumrah. This is a golden opportunity for Bumrah to show the world that pacers could successfully lead teams to victory.
India should be on-point in choosing Team Combination
India will have to make a carefyl choice when it comes to selection of openers in absence of Rohit and Rahul. Virat Kohli need to up his game when the team needs its experienced player the most. Cheteshwar Pujara who looks in sublime touch after amassing a couple of tons in County Cricket could be an asset for a struggling Indian team.
Hanuma Vihari is a solid player in middle order but would need support from other end, considering his defensive game approach. Rahul Dravid will have to make a touch choice between Ravichandran Ashwin & Sahrdul thakur for the spot of bowling all-rounder.
Edgbaston ground hasn’t been lucky for the Indian team is all these years as the side have lost majority of their fixtures on this ground. However, with a new captain in house, history could change a little.
Fearless & Bold England aims to dominate Men in Blue
The England team which was once looking fragile has suddenly emerged as one of the boldest side in recent times. England team have enjoyed a resurrection with the appointment of fearless captain Ben Stokes & the attack-at-all-costs approach practiced & preached by new head coach Brendon McCullum. Their fiery attitude was witnessed during their recently ended New Zealand Test seires which England won by 3-0 score by completing all three chases in style. The roaring England team would aim to continue its winning spree heading into the Edgbaston Test.
The pitch at Edgbaston is flat which will favor the batters. This would benefit England’s big-hitters by helping them to amass massive score while it would be a difficult task for Indian pacers to restrict them from scoring on a batter-friendly pitch.
Jonny bairstow who suddenly found his form back in red ball cricket after scoring around 400 runs at a strike-rate of 120 plus which is a rare sight in Tests would be aiming to repeat his heroics from New Zealand Test seires. Joe Root on the other hand after stepping down from captaincy has found his lost form back. The return of James Anderson would further bolster England’s pace attack which already have the likes of Jack Leach & Stuart Broad.
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ENG vs IND 5th Test 2022: Full Squads
Teams India squad:
Jasprit Bumrah (captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Prasidh Krishna, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Umesh Yadav
England have announced their Playing XI on the eve of fifth Test
Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (captain), Sam Billings (wicketkeeper), Matthew Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson.