Sanjay Manjrekar estimates that team India hasn’t picked an ideal playing XI for the second Test against Australia. Once again, team, India announced their playing XI one day before the boxing day Test at MCG. With Virat Kohli no longer part of the Test series against Australia the tour is now expected to get tougher for team India.
Former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar reckons that the team for the MCG Test is an ‘under pressure’ selection. Manjrekar tweeted and suggested that India have tried too much to cover all the bases. The Indian team has picked Ravindra Jadeja who is expected to play as an all-rounder in the squad.
Sanjay Manjrekar tags team India XI as ‘under pressure’ selection
Manjrekar has never been in favour of picking ‘bits and pieces’ cricketers but has always emphasised on having specialists in the squad. Team India has made as many as 4 changes in their squad from the previous Test. Two forced changes in the form of Kohli and Mohammed Shami and 3 tactical changes as they have included Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja in the side.
They now have 5 bowling options as Jadeja has been picked for the second Test. After the squad was announced Manjrekar hinted that this is not the right team combination but is hoping that India can execute on the field and perform well in the second Test match.
“Indian team for second Test is clearly an ‘under pressure’ selection. A bit like England, trying to cover all bases. Selection done, it’s execution time now…Good luck India!”, Sanjay Manjrekar Tweeted.
Indian team for second Test is clearly an ‘under pressure’ selection. A bit like England, trying to cover all bases. Selection done, it’s execution time now…Good luck India! #BoxingDayTest on @SonySportsIndia
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 25, 2020
Meanwhile, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj will make their Test match debut at MCG. The stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane will be hoping that the team bats better in the second Test and stay competitive for all the 5 days of the Test match. The second Test of the series between Australia and India will begin from tomorrow at Melbourne.