England vs India 2018: 3 changes India can make for the 4th Test

It has been an interesting series for the Indian team so far. After losing narrowly in the first Test, they were thoroughly defeated in the second one. It looked like the series was doomed to end in a whitewash. But the team mounted an amazing comeback in the third Test, and will now be looking to level the series by winning at the Ageas Bowl.

While there were a lot of positives to take from the third encounter between the two sides, it is undeniable that the Indian team have room for a lot of improvement. Certain players in the team seem to be struggling in the English conditions and it is high time that a chance is given to those who have not been afforded the opportunity in these past three Tests.


Let's take a look at three changes that India can make in the fourth Test.


It seems like a long time ago that Ravindra Jadeja was the No.1 ranked all-rounder in Test Cricket, although it has only been a year. Jadeja has had a mighty fall from grace, and questions have even been raised about his presence in the national team squad.

That can all change in the fourth Test. Reports recently broke out that Ashwin is struggling with a groin injury and might not feature in the upcoming Test, and Jadeja can be a perfect replacement for him.


In the past, Jadeja has proved himself to be a capable spinner in the longest format of the game. Also, his case might be strengthened by the fact that India doesn't have any other recognised spinner in the squad at this moment.

If Ashwin fails to recover in time from his injury, Jadeja is looking like the most likeliest player to replace him.

By this point in time, we all know neither Umesh Yadav nor Mohammed Shami are the most consistent bowlers in the world. Both can be amazing when in form and complete liabilities when they are not.


But while Shami has played in all the three matches, Umesh has been sitting out since being dropped for the second Test. He did not do badly in the first Test either, picking up three wickets.

Shami did not have a good last match, and it feels like it might be time for the team management to change things up a bit. This year, Umesh has shown the ability to pick up important wickets. While he proves to be expensive at times, he can be the type of aggressive bowler that India needs to win this Test.

Prithvi Shaw's playing style has often been compared to Sachin Tendulkar. That should tell you everything you need to know about his abilities. The 18-year-old is yet to feature for India in any format but that might change very soon.


Opening has been a cause for concern for the Indian team throughout the series. While Murali Vijay has already been sent back home, neither Shikhar Dhawan nor KL Rahul have been able to score runs consistently on the English pitches.

This might be the perfect opportunity for the team to take a chance on the 18-year-old prodigy who is considered by many to be the future of Indian cricket.

While both Dhawan and Rahul have been out of form, Dhawan did do better than Rahul in both the innings' of the last Test. Replacing Rahul with Shaw will also help maintain the left-right combination at the top of the order.



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