Contrary to expectations, Sarfaraz Khan won’t make his Test debut in the second Test against England in Vishakhapatnam. The debut opportunity goes to Rajat Patidar, who fills the spot left vacant by the injured KL Rahul. The decision has sparked discussions and raised questions about the team’s selection choices.
The selectors chose Rajat Patidar for his Test debut over Sarfaraz Khan against England in Vizag. Patidar’s recent form and experience were preferred, despite Sarfaraz having a higher first-class average. Patidar’s consistent performances, including a century against the England Lions, influenced the selectors’ decision.
Why Rajat Patidar Was Preferred Over Sarfaraz Khan For 2nd Test
Rajat Patidar earned the nod for his Test debut over Sarfaraz Khan, supported by factors like experience, recent form, and the need for stability. At 30, Patidar brings more exposure to the international cricket scene and showcases excellent form with notable scores against the England Lions. With concerns about the stability of the middle order after struggles from Gill and Iyer, Patidar’s well-organized and mature batting style became a valuable asset.
On the other hand, Sarfaraz Khan, despite strong domestic performances, faced hurdles due to inconsistency in recent India A outings and the potential long-term view with Patidar’s immediate form sealing the deal.
Meanwhile, the 2nd Test match between India and England holds the promise of an intense battle, as India seeks a comeback and England aims to strengthen their lead. With Rajat Patidar in the spotlight, Sarfaraz Khan patiently awaits his opportunity to showcase his talent and determination, which will undoubtedly fuel his aspirations for future success.
Rajat Patidar recieving the Test cap from Great Zaheer Khan.
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India’s Playing XI For 2nd Test Match Against England:
Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Rajat Patidar, Srikar Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar