All-rounder Axar Patel was noticed sweating it out within the nets forward of the second Take a look at in opposition to England, scheduled to begin from Saturday on the MA Chidambaram Stadium. The left-arm spinner bowled to Indian batsmen, rising his possibilities to characteristic within the Taking part in XI of the second Take a look at.
The Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared the video of Axar’s coaching session with the caption, “Look, who’s again within the nets! @akshar2026 is right here and raring to go!”
Axar is prone to change Jharkhand left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who had an underwhelming stint within the collection opener the place India have been outplayed in their very own yard. Nadeem had 4 wickets in all however gave away 233 runs in 59 overs throughout two innings with an economic system charge of near Four runs per over.
“Axar had a minor knee niggle and has already began batting on the nets. He’s anticipated to begin bowling throughout the subsequent couple of days.
“He was all the time first option to play the opening Take a look at however it is going to depend upon skipper Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharath Arun,” a senior BCCI supply had advised information company PTI.
Following India’s 227-run defeat, skipper Kohli had additionally admitted that the bowlers weren’t up to speed in Chennai, failing to place sufficient stress on the touring social gathering.
“I don’t suppose we put sufficient stress on them with the ball within the first half. Collectively as a bowling unit, quick bowlers and Ash, have been good within the first innings however we additionally wanted to comprise a couple of extra runs and create stress,” Kohli mentioned on the post-match presentation.
Led by James Anderson’s reverse swing sorcery, England bundled out India on simply 192 runs within the second innings to go 1-Zero up within the four-Take a look at collection. The touring social gathering seemed in a dominant place on all 5 days, which began with skipper Joe Root hitting a record-breaking double ton within the first innings.
With World Take a look at Championship (WTC) on the road, each the groups will likely be wanting to e book a spot within the summit conflict. India will goal to win the competition by margins of 2-Zero, 2-1, Three-Zero, Three-1 or Four-Zero to qualify for the World Take a look at Championship closing and tackle New Zealand on the Lord’s. England, however, have the prospect to disclaim India the berth and snatch it for themselves with a Three-1 or Four-Zero win.