2) KL Rahul
The next strongest choice on the list is another Karnataka batsman, KL Rahul. The stylish batsman hasn’t had the best of careers in the longest format, but his excellent form in the limited-overs can earn him a place in the side. He was part of the 2018 squad that toured England and lost 1-4.
Rahul has played 5 matches in England, scoring 299 runs at an average of 29.90. He has the highest score of 149 that he amassed at The Oval. Not to mention all of his five centuries have come at the opening slot. He might have been tried at different positions according to the team’s needs but Rahul thrives best at the top of the order.
3) Abhimanyu Easwaran
The last on the list is the domestic run-machine, Abhimanyu Easwaran. The 25-year-old caught the eye of the selectors after his stellar 2018-19 Ranji season. He aggregated 861 runs in six matches at an average of 95.66 and was the leading run-scorer for Bengal. In first-class matches, Abhimanyu averages 43.6 having scored 4401 runs.
Abhimanyu was named as a standby player for India’s home series against England. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a chance back then. Nevertheless, he’s once again named as a standby player for the England series. If an opportunity arises, the youngster can make the most of it owing to his domestic experience.