As the Indian cricket team braces itself for the pivotal second Test against England in Vishakapatnam, they face formidable challenges on multiple fronts. The recent injury setbacks to key players KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, coupled with the absence of Virat Kohli and concerns over the form of Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer, have put the team’s depth and adaptability to a stern test.
With a critical need for suitable replacements, the focus now shifts to three players who could step into KL Rahul’s shoes in the playing XI. These players not only have the potential to fill the void left by Rahul’s absence but could also play a crucial role in India’s quest to bounce back in the series with a decisive victory in the upcoming Vizag Test.
#3. Dhruv Jurel
With India possibly aiming to bolster their batting lineup in the second Test, Dhruv Jurel emerges as a viable option down the order. The lower order displayed competence in the first inning of the previous test but faltered in the fourth-inning chase. In this scenario, Dhruv Jurel, serving as a backup wicketkeeper, could be considered for inclusion in the playing XI.
Jurel’s potential role as a specialist batter could provide additional strength, allowing KS Bharat to assume wicketkeeping duties. Recently earning his maiden Test call-up on the back of impressive performances in first-class cricket, Jurel stands as a promising choice to reinforce India’s batting unit for the upcoming Test against England.