India captain Virat Kohli has confirmed Murali Vijay will open the innings alongside KL Rahul in the fourth Test against England. The Karnataka opener didn’t play in Mohali after aggravating an injury to his left forearm in the nets but has recovered well in time to play in the Wankhede Test starting December 8.
Speaking to media ahead of the match, Kohli said:“There is do doubt that Rahul and Vijay will be opening the batting for us. These two are batsmen who have not batted at any other positions. They will continue to be our specialist openers for the Mumbai Test.”
This means Parthiv Patel, who scored 42 and 67 in Mohali, will move lower down the order. The wicket-keeper-batsman has been retained as the first-choice gloveman Wriddhiman Saha has still not recovered from his thigh injury.
On the other hand, there are still doubts over fast bowler Mohammed Shami’s participation in the Test. Kohli said the team will take a call on Shami’s fitness on Wednesday evening.
Kohli said:“We will take a call on Shami in the evening in terms of how he is feeling with his knee.
“After the Mohali Test, Shami felt a bit of soreness in his knee. We need to take a collective call on that. Because he has a history of knee surgery, we don’t want to push a player to an extent where we lose him for the whole season. So we will take a call, as I said, in the evening, to how much rest he needs, or he can go for tomorrow as well. There is still a bit of time for that to be decided,” he concluded.