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When it comes to the test series of India Vs England it has been 14 years since India has won the test series on English soil. After 21 years in 2007, India won the series on the captaincy of Rahul Dravid in Nottingham. And also to mention, an excitement has knocked up in everyone’s heart, since Dravid has said that this is India’s best chance of winning a test match in England.
(Suryakumar and Prithvi departed for England to join Indian Team. Photo twitted by: @surya_14kumar)
On 26 July 2021, the BCCI stated SuryaKumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw as the replacement for the test series against England, replacing the batsman Shubham gill, all-rounder Washington Sundar and pacer Avesh Khan, who are now out of the series due to their injuries. Prithvi Shaw and Surya Kumar in Sri Lanka for the T20 series, but now they will be joining the Indian team in England after completing their 10-day quarantine on Aug 13. They will be ready to play from the third test starting on 25th Aug at Leeds.
But here, questions come to every mind that, Are they really perfect option India has against England? Will their last moment entry will be a boon for the Indian team?
To know them well, let’s have a look over their background.
(SuryaKumar Yadav: Photo by mumbaiindians.com)
SuryaKumar Ashok Yadav is a versatile batsman, currently playing for the Mumbai Indians in IPL. He was the foremost expensive uncapped player within the 2018 IPL auction. He made his debut in T20I against England on 14th March 2021, got his first opportunity to bat on the 18th March and hit a six, becoming the first Indian in T20I to do so and scored a half-century.
(Prithvi Shaw: Photo by PTI)
Prithvi Shaw is a competent batsman who plays for Delhi Capitals in the IPL. He was the captain of the under-19 Indian team and led us to the victory in the 2018 World Cup. On 4th Oct 2018, he made his first debut in test series against West Indies and scored a century, by doing so he became the second-youngest Indian after Sachin Tendulkar and therefore the youngest Indian to do so.
Considering their performance and being a record holder in the test series, I think they might really be a good choice for our Indian team. They both are great players and have performed incredibly well in their test matches. They both are a good batsman and also have scored promising runs. And if they perform now, how they have performed earlier then, they are certainly going to be beneficial for the Indian team and may led our team to victory.
But also when looked on the other side of the coin there might be one drawback here that, they have very little experience with international test series, they have hardly played 2-3 matches. So with such low experience, Was it a wise choice to select them? Will India with their help be able to win the test after 14 years in England?
What is your opinion?