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Legendary Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri was not convinced with the team management’s decision to include Mukesh Kumar in the playing XI instead of Washington Sundar for the second Test match against England in Visakhapatnam from on Friday. While England opted for four spinners in their side, India decided to include Mukesh Kumar in place of Mohammed Siraj along with Jasprit Bumrah. Shastri said in the comments that he was not sure how effective Mukesh would be considering India were batting first and wondered if an additional spin option in Washington Sundar would have been more beneficial.
“My only concern is picking Mukesh Kumar instead of Washington Sundar. How useful will Mukesh be, especially after India are batting first on this Vizag surface,” Ravi Shastri said in the commentary.
Talking about day 1 of the second test, Yashasvi Jaiswal batted with supreme confidence to score an unbeaten 179 off 257 balls which single-handedly took India to 336 for six on the first day of the second test against England here on Friday and ensured his place at the top. of the order in the foreseeable future.
Unlike the first match of the series, Jaiswal made sure to convert his good start into a big century, but the other Indian batsmen failed to make the most of the friendly batting conditions.
The 22-year-old now has two hundred and fifty to his name in just his tenth Test innings.
Jaiswal, whose special effort comprised 17 boundaries and five sixes, had R Ashwin (5) alongside him at the stumps.
India made 111 runs in the final session for the loss of three wickets including Axar Patel (27 off 51) and KS Bharat (17 off 23). For England, debutant Shoaib Bashir and Rehan Ahmed got two wickets each.
Debutant Rajat Patidar (32 off 72) played one on his stumps while offering forward defense to Rehan Ahmed. A total of 93 overs were bowled with four spinners running.
India, trailing 0-1 in the five-match series, would like to reach at least 500 on the second day and then put pressure on the English batsmen on a pitch where variable bounce is expected to come into play from the third over. day.
Odd balls remained low even on the opening day, but conditions remained favorable for batsmen. However, Ravindra Jadeja’s injury has resulted in a longer queue, which will have to move for India to get close to 500.
(With PTI inputs)
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