Former Indian cricketer Deep Dasgupta predicted his best possible Indian eleven for the first Test against England. He chose five bowlers in the line-up, including four-seamers. Deep Dasgupta also chose Shadul Thakur in the fast bowling attack to add depth in the batting.
Besides, between the two spinners, he went with Ravindra Jadeja as the lone spinner in the playing XI. He said that if the conditions demand only one spinner then Jadeja’s batting prowess and all-around ability will put him ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin in the pecking order.
“I don’t think going with five bowlers would be too bad. They can put down a marker from the first Test itself and send a statement that they are here to win the series and not play it safe. The bowling combination – four-seamers plus a spinner or three seamers plus two spinners – will depend on the pitch. It’s a straightforward choice when there are two spinners but if it’s just one then it should be Jadeja purely because of his batting,” Deep Dasgupta said in a video on his Youtube channel.
Deep Dasgupta added, “If you’re playing just one spinner then there won’t be many turns, there are quite a few left-handers as well which will help create the rough in the pitch for him. Keeping all this in mind, if only one spinner is playing, then I would prefer Jadeja.”
On the seam combination, Deep Dasgupta went with Shami, Bumrah, Siraj, and Thakur as four bowlers. He further chose KL Rahul as the replacement for Mayank Agarwal for the first Test.
“I’ve said this before that I would go with KL Rahul even though he wants to bat in the middle order. With this being the first Test match, I will go with KL Rahul because he has a lot of experience of opening. He would also be high on confidence after scoring some runs (101 off 150) in the practice match.”