The India v Sri Lanka three match Test series will start on Wednesday at Galle. Captain Virat Kohli and co. will lock horns with Sri Lanka to revive their Test fortune, so the biggest question is on the eve of the match is that which will be the perfect XI for India. Virat Kohli is set to play five bowlers and six batsman for the Test. His strategy is simple to win the Test series in Sri Lanka after two dacades- take twenty wickets and win the match.
He is a firm beliver of his own thoughts, before he left for Sri Lanka said that he would play three fast bowlers, but day before yesterday Team Director Ravi Shastri revealed that he was thinking to deploy three spinners that meant Amit Mishra would have been cutting into the team along with Ashwin and Harbhajan, but, rains prompt Shastri to rethink about his ploy. The fude is not tangible, but in future things could be tight if Virat does not take decision according to the pitch conditions.
1) Conventional XI (6-5)
However, it is commonly believed that India is supposed to adopt the six batsman and five bowlers combination. The combination is perfect, but thing is at stake is that who are the bolwers to make the cut into the team. After checking the Galle pitch in the morning he will have the call on this issue. There is chance that either India play with three fast bowlers- Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron –and two spinners R. Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh or exclude Umesh Yadav and include Varun Aaron along with leg spinner Amit Mishra considering the weakness of Sri Lanka players to Yasir Shah’s legspinn during the three match Test series in which Pakistan won 2-1.
Since Murali Vijay is ruled out from the first Test, batting line up is settled with openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan , at the middle order Rohit Sharma will come at number three as per Virat’s strategy, Kohli himself will bat at NO.4, Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha will be next in the line.
Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, R. Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav/Varun Aaron, Amit Mishra
However, thre are two other combinations which could India try for the first Test. One is 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers and another is 5 batsmen and six bowlers.
2) Unconventional XI (7-4)
Captain Kohli and Team Director Shastri could think about this combination to strengthen the batting line up. The above lineup will be kept, only Cheteshwar Pujara will replace one bowler and that could be Amit Mishra. The bowling line up will be featured by two pacers-Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and two inform spinners R. Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh.
Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, R. Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.
3) Experimental XI (5-6)
The current Sri Lankan bowling attack is not capable of destroying India batsmen, but their batsmen could make India bowler’s job hard. To address this problem India should pick six bowlers – three pacers including Ishanta Sharma, Umesh Yadav , Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Similarly, three spinners will be two off spinner R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh and one leg spinner will be Amit Mishra.
Now, the question is then who will be top the five batsmen for India. KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are confirmed as openers, Ajinkya Rahane will bat at No.3 as Rohit Sharma have less chance as his form is not talking for himself, Virat will come next, only specialist wicketkeeper who visiting with team is Wriddhiman Saha so he will come at No. 5. In this kind of playing XI one team is needed an allrounder; and India have one promising guy R. Ashwin who has 36.03 average with two hundred and four 50s will play the role of specialist allrounder. Virat has indicated before leaving for Sri Lanka at a press conference that he would consider Ashwin as specialist allrounder.
Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Wriddhiman Saha, R. Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron.