The Indian team will now ply their trade in the second Test from February 29, after losing the first match of the two-match Test series against New Zealand at Basin Reserve in Wellington. Team India had to face a crushing defeat by 10 wickets in Wellington as the Indian batters disappointed in the two innings. The Indian players looked helpless in the Kiwi conditions and failed to get going in the windy conditions.
Ishant Sharma and R. Ashwin created some trouble for the hosts but it was not enough to win the test match for India. Jasprit Bumrah looked way too ordinary which didn’t helped the cause of the Indian team. Now Virat Kohli anf company will look to draw level and take 60 points from the second test when they take on Kane Williamson led side in the 2nd test at Christchurch.
We take a look at three possible changes which Indian team should make to yield results in the 2nd test-
3- Shubman Gill in place of Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw failed completely in the first Test of the series. Earlier, he got a chance in the one-day series as well, but he failed to make it count. At a time when India is staring at a possible series defeat, young batsman Shubman Gill can replace Shaw in the second test. Shubman looked in great touch and scored a double ton against New Zealand XI to announce his great run of form. The Kiwi bowlers have exposed the technique of Shaw and bringing an in form Gill can do wonders for the Indian team.
2- Umesh Yadav in place of Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah has lost his rhythm after returning from injury. He did not get a single wicket in the one-day series against New Zealand and failed to impress even in the first match of the Test series. Apart from losing his rhythm in bowling, his pace has also fallen. If Team India has to win the second Test, then an ordinary Jasprit Bumrah will not do the favours. Team management should look at a more fancied Umesh Yadav, who struck in South African conditions and can be a lethal addition in the team. His fiery pace can trouble the Kiwi batsman on their own conditions.
1- Ravindra Jadeja in place of Hanuma Vihari
The Indian team should include an all-round option in Ravindra Jadeja in the playing 11. The team included Hanuma Vihari to strengthen the batting in the first Test, but like all the other batsmen, he too failed to fire and was un-utilized when it comes to bowling. In the form of Ravindra Jadeja, the team will get a mature all-rounder who can turn a match anytime with his bowling and can chip in with some crucial runs down the order.