India will face England in the third Test in Ahmedabad from Feb. 24. While as many as nine players among the squad pick themselves in the final XI, there could be multiple permutations and combinations to decide the remaining two. Here’s how India’s XI could look like come Wednesday.
Three pacers or two?
There are signs that the pitch at the Motera Stadium could have a decent cover of grass, encouraging India to pick a third fast bowler. While Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma pick themselves, it will be a toss-up between the experienced Umesh Yadav – returning from an injury – and Mohammed Siraj. However, picking either will leave India with a long tail which is where a seam-bowling allrounder like Hardik Pandya could offer balance.
Pandya showed positive signs of building up to full fitness after a back surgery in 2019. He bowled on one of the side pitches at the M. A. Chidambaram…