After the end of the limited-overs series, the hosts England and the visitors India has started to play the Test series from Wednesday (August 1). England captain Joe Root decided to bat first after winning the toss in the first Test of the five-match Test series at Edgbaston (Birmingham).
It is England’s 1000th Test match and they are the first team to achieve this feat. From the 13-man squad for the first Test, pacer Jamie Porter and all-rounder Moeen Ali only miss out in the playing XI.
On the other hand, Indian skipper Virat Kohli took some bold decision for the first Test. While the left-handed Shikhar Dhawan has been selected as the opening partner of Murali Vijay, struggling Cheteshwar Pujara has been replaced by in-form KL Rahul.
Expectedly, Dinesh Karthik has been selected as the wicketkeeper over the young Rishabh Pant. However, Kohli chooses the experienced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin over the in-form young left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma are the Indian pacers for the first Test along with the pace all-rounder Hardik Pandya.
Among the 18-member Test squad, Indian skipper Kohli dropped – Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Karun Nair, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shardul Thakur, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav – from the first Test.
England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.
India: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma.
Breaking: Pujara will sit out #IndvEng
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) August 1, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 1, 2018
BRILLIANT FUCKING DECISION BY KOHLI.
NAYSAYERS CAN SOD OFF THIS TIME. #INDvENG
— SwingAndSeam (@swing_seam) August 1, 2018
That's a big call, leaving out Pujara. Rahul playing is the right decision though, but could he have opened? #INDvENG
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) August 1, 2018
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 1, 2018
So Pujara dumped. Kohli obviously keen to play Rahul and disinclined to fiddle with the opening pair of Dhawan and Vijay
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 1, 2018
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) August 1, 2018
Arun Lal – Kohli the reason behind dropping Jadeja and taking Pandya is ?
Kohli – to maintain the balance
AL – How ?
Kohli -well Ashwin will create pressure and then Pandya will come n release it..
so it'll be a balanced situation #INDvENG
— Arun Lol (@dhaikilokatweet) August 1, 2018
— Siddharth Kaul (@sidkaul22) August 1, 2018
karun nair ko sirf sabke room me nahane ka garm paani pahuchane ke liye le gaye hain.
— Kuptaan 🇮🇳 (@Kuptaan) August 1, 2018
Brilliant from Kohli. If there was any captain who could have dared to leave Pujara out, it was him and he did it. Message sent to everyone – Perform or warm the bench. I don't care about your reputation.
— Abhishek (@Sajjanlaunda) August 1, 2018
As I said with Dhawan playing it is hard on Pujara. But that’s Test cricket. Dhawan needs to make this count. He will bat day 2 which will be the best batting conditions. Today let the 3 fast bowlers deliver. @cricketaakash @DeepDasgupta7
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) August 1, 2018