IND VS ENG: It’s been a hard time for two experienced campaigners of the Indian test team who have served the team for a long time are tackling form issues. Especially Pujara in the last 10 Test innings, he has scored 9,12*, 4, 15, 8, 17, 0, 7, 21, and 15 respectively. On the other hand,Rahane scored 1,5,49,15,27,7,67,10,1,0 in his last 10 test innings. Stats reflect that both of them are struggling big time to score runs and are on the verge of losing their spots.

If Indian team management and skipper Kohli wants to give both of them some off-time so that they will reinvent themselves to come back to scoring ways like they have been doing until last year. Then we will have a new team combination for the third test against England.

Mayank Agarwal

Team India will give a chance for Mayank Agarwal to bat at the No.3 position who will be eager to prove his worth. He should have played the first test as an opener but due to concussion he suffered during practice had ruled him out of the first test. Rahul played a crucial inning of 83 as an opener to keep his place. This is the perfect time for Agarwal to cement his place in the side by playing some handy knocks in English conditions. It is not easy but he has the temperament to excel in his new role. He had scored some good hundreds in Indian conditions, the same way he needs to convert the starts into big hundreds in SENA countries.

Hanuma Vihari

Ajinkya Rahane should be replaced by Hanuma Vihari who is waiting on the wings to make an impact at the No.5 position for India. Vihari has only one century to his name but his defensive game is as strong as anybody in the current Indian setup. He needs to grind himself into the groove to produce important runs for his team. He can provide the part-time off-spin option to Kohli if the pitch has worn out and takes a turn on the penultimate days.

Surya Kumar Yadav

Another option is to include Surya Kumar Yadav if Kohli wants runs to come at a good strike rate. He can bat at No.3 or 5, depending upon team combination on a particular day. He had an excellent performance on the last SL white ball series, winning MOS as well. He will be high on confidence and hopes to make some wonders if given a chance.